What the World Needs Now

What the World Needs Now

by Five PlayFive Play


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For the fourth edition of Five Play (not counting the recording they did backing vocalist Maria Anadon,) drummer and founder Sherrie Maricle has assembled yet another quintet from the players in her Diva Big Band. Bassist Noriko Ueda and pianist Tomoko Ohno are the holdovers and do not miss a beat. Janelle Reichman is a very young tenor saxophonist and clarinetist from Michigan who takes over for Anat Cohen. Jami Dauber from Chicago is now the full-time trumpeter -- she played on half of the previous CD, Five Play... Plus. Their repertoire concentrates on standards, a Toshiko Akiyoshi original, and two pop songs taken to swing proportions. What these women bring to the table is a finely tuned sense of democracy, style, purpose, and full intent to swing. Their equality and balance is in evidence right off the bat on an easily swung Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers like version of the Hal David-Burt Bacharach written title track. Still in that vein but using a choppy accented melody for "I Want to Be Happy," their bop chops are also well honed. Some songs are typical as on the shuffle "Groove Merchant" or the straight swing blues of Akiyoshi's "Jo-House Blues," again Messenger-ish à la Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan, spiked by Ohno's lead out. Reichman's clean clarinet shines through on the samba take of Benny Goodman's "Slipped Disc" and the broken hearted "Cry Me a River." Dauber's muted plunger trumpet is both pining and humorous during "Moon Song," while Ueda's feature on "Old Folks" marks the coming of a rising star. There's one cut with just the trio sans horns "I Could Have Danced All Night" where Ohno and Ueda cut loose, and Maricle's brushwork on her snare drum is very impressive. While one might hope for the band to let it fly a bit more, that is probably due for a follow-up to this professional and enjoyable recording.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2008
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941138122
catalogNumber: 19381
Rank: 154400

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Five Play   Primary Artist
Sherrie Maricle   Drums,Leader
Jami Dauber   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn
Tomoko Ohno   Piano
Janelle Reichman   Clarinet,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Helen Reddy   Composer
Toshiko Akiyoshi   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Jerome Richardson   Composer
Sherrie Maricle   Arranger,Producer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Kent Heckman   Engineer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Mike Hennessey Chastet   Liner Notes
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Bill Westmoreland   Cover Photo
Stanley Kay   Creative Consultant
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Dedette Lee Hill   Composer
Ray Burton   Composer
Jami Dauber   Arranger,Producer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Anat Cohen   Arranger

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