VA – Bob Belden’s Shades Of Blue

Artist: VA
Title: Bob Belden’s Shades Of Blue
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: Blue Note Records
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3 / 320kbps
Total Time: 70:40 min
Total Size: 160 MB

01. Dianne Reeves – Maiden Voyage
02. Jacky Terrasson – Un Poco Loco
03. John Schofield Quartet – Tom Thumb
04. Cassandra Wilson – Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho
05. Tim Hagans – Siete Ocho
06. Marcus Printup – You’ve Changed
07. Javon Jackson – Hum Drum Blues
08. Geoff Keezer Trio – 2300 Skiddoo
09. Renee Rosnes – Song For My Father
10. Kurt Elling – Tanganyika Dance
11. T.S. Monk – Evidence
12. Eliane Elias – Una Mas

In 1994, producer-tenor saxophonist Bob Belden received the unusual assignment of putting together a variety of all-star groups to revisit tunes associated with the Blue Note legacy. From November 1994 to March 1995 he recorded most of Blue Note’s then-current roster, documenting 39 compositions in all. Twelve are on this CD, while many of the others have been released in Japan. Each of the dozen numbers uses a different group and they are generally consistent, if not filled with surprises. Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Holly Cole, and Kurt Elling are heard on vocal features (Reeves and Elling fare best), trumpeter Marcus Printup shows off his warm tone on "You’ve Changed," and, in a performance that brings back the "Bitches Brew" era (and is both the most modern and the most dated of these interpretations), Belden, trumpeter Tim Hagans and three keyboardists explore Andrew Hill’s "Siete Ocho." Of the many pianists who are featured on this set (including Geri Allen, Jacky Terrasson, Renee Rosnes, and Eliane Elias), Geoff Keezer’s fairly free improvisation on Herbie Nichols’ "2300 Skidoo" is the most memorable. Quite unusual is the complete absence of any of the quintet or sextet lineups that were almost a trademark of Blue Note in the ’50s and ’60s, and the relatively few trumpet and saxophone solos. Sure to be a collector’s item, this CD is not essential but it has enough variety to keep the interest of most jazz listeners. ~Scott Yanow

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