Swinging The Changes CD (2008)

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Specifications

Label Arbors Records/arbors Jazz
SKU 209857223
UPC 780941135824
UPC 14 00780941135824
Format CD
Release Date 10/14/2008
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Author Nik Payton
Technical Info
CatalogID ARCD 19358
Lable Name Arbors
Released 06/26/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00780941135824
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Nik Payton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Bob Wilber (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Richard Busiakiewicz (piano); Dave Green (upright bass); Steve Brown (drums).
The teaming of a young prot?g? and an experienced veteran is a combination rarely seen in other forms of music, but it happens frequently in jazz. Tenor saxophonist Nik Payton (not to be confused with trumpeter Nicholas Payton) is paired with his mentor and legendary saxophonist and clarinetist Bob Wilber for this set of swinging mainstream vintage jazz, standards, and a nice slice of originals written by the two. Recorded in England where Wilber has resided for decades, this program is a delightful document of music that is still as relevant and vibrant as any jazz project in recent years. It is made more vital by the youthful curiosity of the Ben Webster-influenced tenor of Payton, and the chuckling, vibrato-laced reeds of the ever masterful Wilber. One aspect of this recording that must be emphasized is that the participants like to change it up frequently, adding further to its listenability. Among the well-known standards, "I Won't Dance" sports a peppy tenor/soprano unison line, counterpoint, second line and pure, natural sound. During the whole of "I Believe in Miracles" you hear the robust trade-offs of the younger player's clarinet and Wilber's toothy and ribald soprano, with nice ideas swirling all around. "California Here I Come" is the hottest number, eschewing corn for hard swing with Payton's tenor opposite Wilber's clarinet. Of the seven pieces penned by Wilber, the title track holds an unusual harmonic motif made simple with his alto and Payton's tenor, "Skybloo" has both on clarinet in a well swing groove, and the similar instrumentation for "Dialogue" contrasts in mysterious and dark blue ways. Payton is a decent writer, contributing "J.P.'s Tee" in an homage to his clearly swinging dad in a tenor/soprano tandem, the cute alto/tenor challenge "Rabbit Jumped the Frog" for Johnny Hodges and Webster, and "The Sage," a delightfully sneaky and bouncy twin clarinet tribute to Wilber, the ultimate in pure jazz expressionism. In addition, check out their lone bossa Brazilian number (Payton lives in Brazil) "No More Blues," solo features including Payton's decidedly dry Webster-ish ballad "You Are Too Beautiful," and the wonderful Wilber stretching his legato alto during "Ode to Pug." Credit where credit is due goes to the fine pianist throughout the date Richard Busiakiewicz, a new name who should not remain that way for very long, and the veteran bassist Dave Green. Traditionalists will be hard pressed in resisting the temptations of this finely crafted jazz effort, one that deserves lots of attention and affection. ~ Michael G. Nastos
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (p.93) - "[H]ighly enjoyable....Their unison playing is a tribute to the time they spent as teacher and pupil, yet they are easily distinguishable..."
Disc 1
1 I Won't Dance
2 Swinging the Changes
3 If Only You Knew
4 I Believe In Miracles
5 Jasmine
6 No More Blues
7 You Are Too Beautiful
8 California Here I Come
9 Rabbit Jumped The Frog
10 Ode To Pug
11 Skybloo
12 Dialogue
13 JP's Tee
14 Scuttlebrook Bounce
15 Sage, The
16 Circulatin' in C
Product Attributes
Artist Payton,Nik
Label Arbors Records/arbors Jazz
Music Format Compact Disc

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