Monday, June 17, 2019

CD Review: "Five Play Live from the Firehouse Stage"


Five Play is a popular Jazz Band where five remarkably talented women musicians perform with a
deep sense of traditional Jazz band music including original compositions and standards with arrangements that are true to the history of American Jazz.  The band consists of Sherrie Maricle-MusicalDirector/Drums, Tomoko Ohno-Piano,  Noriko Ueda-Bass,  JamiDauber-Trumpet/Flugelhorn and Janelle Reichman-Tenor Sax/Clarinet.  Each one of these talented ladies contributed an original composition for this CD and all worked on the arrangements.  The songs and arrangements are just plain fun that bring the listener back to previous era when Jazz bands ruled!

Five Play has performed at many of the world's most prestigious concert halls, musical festivals and
Jazz clubs from Carnegie Hall to The Kennedy Center.  In 2004, the quintet was recognized in DownBeat Magazine's Annual Readers' Poll as one of the best small groups of the year.  In 1999 their inaugural CD, "On the Brink", was voted best CD of the year by Jazz journalist icon Nat Hentoff.

Playlist:
1. "T-Bone Special"
2. "Samba De Sorvete"
3. "Just Squeeze Me"
4. "Uneven Pieces"
5. "The Pilot"
6. "Nancy with the Laughing Face"
7. "Circles"
8. "I Can't Give you Anything But Love"
9. "Unexpected"
10. "The time Being"













I have attached two "YouTubes" for your listening enjoyment.  The first one is Five Play's fine version of the Duke Ellington classic "Just Squeeze Me"  with excellent Clarinet work by Janelle Reichman and the second one is a Basie-inspired arrangement of the Jimmy McHugh classic, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love".



Sunday, June 2, 2019

CD Review: Patrice Jégou "If It Ain't Love"


Patrice Jégou (Pronounced Zhay-goo) has just released her second CD "If It Ain't Love" and it's a winner!  There are 16 wonderful songs on the playlist of this CD and Patrice shows she can handle ballads and swinging tunes without a misstep.  Her voice is velvety and smooth and she handles lyrics like the seasoned pro she is.  Take a good look at the different songs she sings on her CD, they cover a lot of vocal territory and Patrice performs every one with faultless execution.  The list of musical talents she recruited on this CD is also remarkable.  Here is a list of some of best arrangers who worked on this recording:  Jorge Calandrelli (arranger for Barbara Streisand and Tony Bennett), John Clayton, Mark Kibble of TAKE 6 and David Paich (writer of such hits as "Rosanna" and "Africa" and son of legendary arranger Marty Paich) and  LA Pianist Mike Land.  Patice also brought in the always outstanding Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra that really swings on "Jersey Bounce", "If It Ain't Love", "Just Squeeze Me" and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". 

Every aspect of this CD is impeccable, starting with the songs, the arrangements, the sound engineers, the Orchestra Conductors, and the musicians.  Even though this is my first experience with Patrice Jégou, her voice and style make me feel warm and safe like spending time with an old friend.  Thank you, Holly Cooper of Mouthpiece Music for opening this musical door for me!

PLAYLIST:
1. "Lover Come Back to Me"
2. "Jersey Bounce"
3. "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads"
4. "Yes We Can, Can"
5. "I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today"
6. "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams"
7. "If It Ain't Love"
8. "Estate"
9. "Lover Come Back to Me"
10. "Waltz for Debby"
11. "Losing You"
12. "just Squeeze Me"
13. "Where Do You Start"
14. "Remembrances"
15. "Please Send Me Someone to Love"
16. "It Might Be You"

I have attached a "YouTube" of Patrice Jégou singing "Waltz For Debbie" from her new CD.  This is a perfectly wonderful musical and visual painting by Patrice singing this Jazz classic written by Bill Evans with lyric by Gene Lees.  It doesn't get any prettier than this!


I have attached a second "YouTube" of Patrice Jégou singing the classic big band song "Jersey Bounce" with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.


CD Review: "Five Play Live from the Firehouse Stage"

Five Play is a popular Jazz Band where five remarkably talented women musicians perform with a deep sense of traditional Jazz band m...