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"Jazz For A Rainy Afternoon"
© 32 Jazz Records
Year of Release: 1998
Spring Can Really Hang
You Up The Most--
Houston Person &
A Tribute To A Rose--
Blue In Green--
Talk Of The Town--
Ruby My Dear--
I Can't Get Started--
St. Louis Blues--
Various Artists related sites:
"Jazz For A Rainy Afternoon"
Ah, the calming, soothing sounds of Jazz...
A series of "Jazz For" albums were released, and these particular four would reach #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart: Jazz For The Quiet Times
(1998), Jazz For A Rainy Afternoon (1999), Jazz For When You're Alone (1999), and Jazz For The Open Road (1999).
Our first review of these four albums is reviewed this week -- Jazz For A Rainy Afternoon. Actually, these songs can easily fit in any choice of
weather. These songs are just soothing, relaxing. A good mood setter. I've never really heard of the artists in this set, yet then again, they all perform
extremely well, with their song choices. As for the song titles, only one I really recognized, Charles Brown's "'Round Midnight," which was popular
by jazz great Miles Davis.
The sexiness of the saxophone and the standup bass gets the attention on Houston Person & Ron Carter's "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most."
Elvis Costello's "Almost Blue" gets the comparison (in a way), on David "Fathead" Newman's "Everything Must Change." And for the Jazz guitar
fan, Jimmy Ponder's "A Tribute To A Rose" gets the comparison to another great Jazz guitar legend, Wes Montgomery. (And maybe to another great
legend, Les Paul.) Wallace Roney and his jazz ensemble in in full gear with "Blue In Green." Roney provides the trumpet, along with Charnett Moffett
on bass, and Tony Williams on drums. It's a standard, great lounge act track, easily soothing and calm Jazz.
More of the sexy saxophone, as Houston Person gets the credit on "Talk Of The Town." Along with Person, are Stan Hope (piano), Buster Williams
(bass), and Grady Tate (drums). The piano is the standout on Hank Jones' "Ruby My Dear." Along with Jones, has George Duvivier on bass, and Ben
Riley on drums. It's another "lounge act" in that "smoky jazz room."
For our next act in that "smoky jazz room," is Warren Vache's "I Can't Get Started." Despite the song title, Warren's cornel instrument (horn)
and his band is top-notch, with Richard Wyands (piano), Michael Moore (bass), and Billy Hart (drums). Next up is another smooth sailing jazz ensemble,
Sonny Criss' "My Ideal." The ideal lounge jazz has Criss on the alto sax, with Dolo Coker on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Billy Hart on drums.
The vibrophone is the standout on Johnny Lutle's "St. Louis Blues." Another sexy sounding jazz tune. Along with Lytle, is Melvin Sparks
(guitar), David Braham (organ), Peter Marlin Weiss (bass), and Greg Bandy (drums). Lastly, in this incredible jazz set, is Woody Shaw's
"Imagination." Shaw provides the trumpet, and his fellow bandmates: Kirk Lightsey on piano, Stew Turre on trombone, Ray Drummund on bass, and
Carl Allen on drums.
For a cool, cool jazz atmoshere, you can't go wrong with Jazz For A Rainy Afternoon. It's great Jazz. Comforting Jazz. Great to wind down
on a busy day. All Jazz fans will enjoy this one. The musical instruments are in various and tip-top form.
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