Muirhead, Al / Northern Adventures
Label: Chronograph Records
Mr. Muirhead pulls together the cream of the Canadian jazz scene in five different ensembles. They play sets of old standards as...old standards. If you're tired of listening to yet another band's interpretation of some old chestnut, give this a spin. At 81, Muirhead still has it. The solos are sparse but beautiful. There is an occasional female vocal.
If You Like: Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter
Favorite Tracks: (2) They Can't Take That Away From Me (6) Emily (7) Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (12) Nice Work If You Can Get It
Track Review: 1/ piano starts> uptempo jam> quick stop 2/ trumpet starts> midtempo jam 3/ piano starts> midtempo jam with female vocal> slow fade on vocal 4/ trumpet starts> midtempo jam> quick fade on piano 5/ trumpet starts> midtempo jam> fade 6/ piano starts> slow tempo jam> slow fade 7/ piano starts> uptempo jam> fade 8/ bass starts> low tempo with female vocal> fade on vocal 9/ piano starts> midtempo jam> slow fade> quick stop 10/ piano starts> slow tempo jam> slow fade 11/ trumpet starts> midtempo jam> quick fade 12/ guitar starts> midtempo jam> quick stop on piano