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Color & Light-Jazz Sketches On CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 60107715
UPC: 074646656624
UPC 14: 00074646656624
Release Date: 2/21/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Pretty Women - Peabo Bryson/Joshua Redman ~ Various Artists
2. Every Day A Little Death - Grover Washington Jr. ~ Various Artists
3. Poems - Terence Blanchard ~ Various Artists
4. Anyone Can Whistle - Nancy Wilson ~ Various Artists
5. Loving You - Nancy Wilson/Peabo Bryson ~ Various Artists
6. Color & Light - Herbie Hancock ~ Various Artists
7. One More Kiss - Jim Hall ~ Various Artists
8. Losing My Mind - Holly Cole Trio/Wayne Shorter ~ Various Artists
9. Children And Art - Holly Cole Trio/Oscar Castro-Neves ~ Various Artists
10. What Can You Lose? - Jim Hall ~ Various Artists
11. They Ask Me Why I Believe In You - Stephen Sondheim/Herbie Hancock ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Producers include: Miles Goodman, Oscar Castro-Neves.
Muze PNote Personnel: Nancy Wilson , Holly Cole (vocals); Jim Hall (guitar); Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone); Grover Washington, Jr. (tenor saxophone); Terence Blanchard (trumpet); Geoff Keezer, Herbie Hancock, Aaron Davis, Bruce Barth (piano); Jeff Hirshfield, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Troy Davis , Brian Blade (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Joel Moss .
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Michael Bourne.
Muze PNote Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY; HIt Factory; RPM, NY; Signet Sound, Los Angeles, CA; Westlake.
Muze PNote Photographers: Donald Dietz; Jimmy Katz; Joel Moss .
Muze PNote With so few major composers still alive by the mid-'90s, it was logical that jazz musicians would try to expand their repertoire by exploring the works of non-jazz writers. None of Stephen Sondheim's compositions have thus far become jazz standards but that may change after the release of this CD. Three of the tracks unfortunately feature vocals by the overdramatic Nancy Wilson and the R&Bish Peabo Bryson but Holly Cole (on two numbers) fares much better. The most interesting moments are provided by the all-star musicians which include such players as tenors Joshua Redman and Grover Washington, Jr., guitarist Jim Hall, pianist Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter on soprano and trumpeter Terence Blanchard among others. Sondheim himself makes a guest appearance in a piano duet with Hancock on "They Ask Me Why I Believe in You." And best of all, there is no version here of "Send in the Clowns." This varied set has its memorable performances. ~ Scott Yanow

Engineer: Joel Moss

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/21/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 66566
Music Label Name Label : Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00074646656624

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (6/29/95, p.44)
- "...Surprisingly free of archness and pretension, COLOR makes a listenable case for the broadening of jazz repertoire beyond Sondheim's signature `Send In The Clowns'..."

Entertainment Weekly (3/17/95, p.90)
- "...It seems like 30 years--probably because it is--since jazz artists performed musical-theater songs of the day. Here's a breakthrough: an all-star jazz album of compositions by Stephen Sondheim..." - Rating: B

JazzTimes (4/95, p.98)
- "...[COLOR AND LIGHT] turn[s] the tables on the notion that jazz and the compositions of Stephen Sondheim don't mix. A stellar jazz cast makes it happen..."

Vibe (4/95, p.95)
- " seems appropriate that brilliant composer...Sondheim...get his props from the players on today's jazz and vocal scenes...A moving compilation."

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