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"Jazz For A Rainy Afternoon"

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March 04 - 10, 2018

Year of Release: 1998
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  • 'Round Midnight--
    Charles Brown
  • Spring Can Really Hang
    You Up The Most--
    Houston Person & Ron Carter
  • Everything Must Change--
    David Fathead Newman
  • A Tribute To A Rose--
    Jimmy Ponder
  • Blue In Green--
    Wallace Roney
  • Talk Of The Town--
    Houston Person
  • Ruby My Dear--
    Hank Jones
  • I Can't Get Started--
    Warren Vache
  • My Ideal--
    Sonny Criss
  • St. Louis Blues--
    Johnny Lytle
  • Imagination--
    Woody Shaw

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    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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