Ballads and Other Cautionary Tales

Ballads and Other Cautionary Tales

by Warren VachéWarren Vaché

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Young jazz instrumentalists often get carried away with showcasing their chops at a blazing tempo, while forgetting one important lesson known by successful veteran artists. The way a musician plays a ballad lets the listener know how good he is at telling a story; cornetist Warren Vaché is a seasoned improviser who caresses the melody as he improvises, making judicious use of rests, and he interacts with his musicians rather than simply keeping the spotlight on himself. Working with bassist Neal Miner, drummer Leroy Williams, and alternating between Tardo Hammer and Richard Williams on piano, Vaché explores a dozen ballads, most of which will be very familiar to seasoned jazz fans. "Ballad for Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters" isn't one of Billy Strayhorn's most commonly performed tunes, yet Vaché's poignant interpretation brings out its longing character, with lush held notes and just a touch of vibrato in all the right spaces; Tardo Hammer is often noted for his bop chops, but he is equally adept at providing understated accompaniment in a mainstream setting. Vaché's soft, muted horn proves captivating in his shimmering rendition of "I See Your Face Before Me," while his sassy open horn is on display in the whimsical setting of the old chestnut "I'll Never Be the Same." "(In My) Solitude" adds trombonist John Allred, who provides a perfect foil for the leader in a loping, easygoing setting of this gem by Duke Ellington. Tenor giant Houston Person is a guest on several tracks, and takes the lead in the bittersweet "Everything Happens to Me"; he follows Vaché's spry, breezy opening statement in "I Remember You," adding a punchy, vocal-like solo that one can't help but wonder if it's his tribute to his longtime musical partner Etta Jones. Warren Vaché's Ballads and Other Cautionary Tales is easily one of his finest all-around record dates.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941143027
catalogNumber: 19430
Rank: 95408

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Vaché   Primary Artist,Cornet
Houston Person   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Wyands   Piano
Tardo Hammer   Piano
Leroy Williams   Drums
John Allred   Trombone
Neal Miner   Bass

Technical Credits

Warren Vaché   Producer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ed Berger   Cover Photo
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Tom Adair   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Bill Moss   Engineer

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