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Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: The Fire of the Fundamentals

Album Notes

Engineers: Jim Anderson, John Harris, Mark Wilder.

Recorded live at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, and Bardavon 1896 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, New York between August 1991 and February 1993. Includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch.

This CD, which actually features the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on only two selections, has highlights from a variety of concerts held at Lincoln Center during 1991-1993. A fine octet with clarinetist Michael White, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and pianist Marcus Roberts do an effective re-interpretation of Jelly Roll Morton's "Jungle Blues," pianist Kenny Barron strides enthusiastically on a solo version of Thelonious Monk's "Trinkle Tinkle" and Jimmy Heath's soprano playing is showcased on "Ellington's Stray-Horn." Pianist/vocalist Jay McShann re-creates "Hootie Blues," pianist Marcus Roberts romps through Monk's "Bolivar Blues" and then "Dahomey Dance" offers particularly strong solos from a septet with Marsalis and tenorman Todd Williams. Betty Carter sings a spacy version of "You're Mine You," Marcus Roberts returns for a solo rendition of Morton's "The Crave," the Wynton Marsalis Sextet interprets Miles Davis' moody "Flamenco Sketches" and vocalist Milt Grayson finishes the CD anti-climactically with the ballad "Multi Colored Blue." It's an interesting if not essential set with plenty of variety and many worthwhile performances. ~ Scott Yanow


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