Ballads, Burners and Blues

Ballads, Burners and Blues

by Allan VachéAllan Vaché


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Allan Vaché has made his name as a clarinetist in the traditional New Orleans style, and if you look at the instrumentation here you'll probably expect more of the same: he leads a traditional front line consisting of clarinet, cornet (Ed Polcer), and trombone (the great Dan Barrett), and the program opens with a joyfully straight-ahead rendition of that Dixieland chestnut "The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me." But then things get a bit twisted: a piano-and-clarinet duet setting on "I'm Glad There Is You," a shuffling R&B arrangement of W.C. Handy's "Yellow Dog Blues," a stately rendition of "Besame Mucho," and even a sprightly swing version of the 1960s pop hit "Our Day Will Come." Vaché's playing is sweet and limpid throughout; his solos are never needlessly complicated, but they're also never simplistic. The sumptuous recording quality is also worth noting. Fans of traditional jazz aren't necessarily known for adventurousness, but they should make it a point to check this one out -- this wonderful album shows that it really is possible to respect tradition and break the rules at the same time.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2004
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941128826
catalogNumber: 19288
Rank: 91796

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allan Vaché   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Vocals
Dan Barrett   Trombone
Phil Flanigan   Bass
Ed Metz   Drums
Ed Polcer   Cornet,Vocals

Technical Credits

Dan Barrett   Arranger
Russ Morgan   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Doug Raney   Composer
Allan Vaché   Arranger,Producer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Mort Garson   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
John A. Katalenic   Arranger
George Kanzler   Liner Notes
Mike Hurley   Engineer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Lou Carter   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Paul Madeira   Composer
Charles R. McCarron   Composer
Arthur Swanstrom   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Graphics,Text Adaptation
Carey Morgan   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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