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Ted Nash: The Mancini Project

Track List

>Theme from Night Visitor
>Something for Nash
>Shot in the Dark
>Breakfast at Tiffany's
>Cheryl's Theme
>Mr. Yunioshi
>Soldier in the Rain
>Party, The
>Quiet Happening, A
>Two for the Road
>Experiment in Terror
>Baby Elephant Walk

Album Reviews:

JazzTimes (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Breakfast At Tiffany's,' with its soft, mid-tempo four-four bed, provokes some nice, low-key probings, while 'The Party' has a light but funky rigidity that he manages to loosen up a bit."

JazzTimes (p.92) - "Nash's rhythms section is exemplary....The chameleonic Nash brings more than Trane's sound to the table when he concentrates on tenor. In the trio format, you may hear echoes of Sonny Rollins in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Ted Nash (alto flute, piccolo); Frank Kinbrough, Frank Kimbrough (piano); Rufus Reid (upright bass); Matt Wilson (drums).

Recording information: Maggie's Farm, Buck's County, PA (12/18/2007/12/19/2007).

One of the greatest movie composers is the late Henry Mancini, whose works adorn four decades' worth (from the '50s through the '80s) of good to great films. Jazz saxophonist Ted Nash, whose father Dick and uncle Ted frequently worked with Mancini, has now fashioned an exemplary tribute to him called, fittingly enough, THE MANCINI PROJECT. (While not strictly speaking a jazz composer, Mancini drew upon jazz for inspiration and featured several fine jazz soloists.) Here, the younger Nash has arranged 14 Mancini gems for small group, featuring his poised flute and fine, hearty, occasionally breathy tenor sax. Above all, Nash clearly loves the Hollywood composer's melodies, such as the sleek "Dreamsville" from PETER GUNN and the little heard "Two For The Road," and gives them respectful but also creative and exhilarating interpretations.


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