Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around the Horn" data-original-title="" title="">Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Leonard Bernstein, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the late saxophonist Michael Brecker (on whose panoramic "African Skies" his brother, trumpeter Randy Brecker, appears as guest soloist). Adderley's Basie-like "Wabash," which should be heard more often, is a special delight, an irrepressible charmer with solos to match by pianist Mike Holober and altos David Mann and Aaron Heick. Kadleck, who leads the exemplary trumpet section on seven numbers, is a dazzling soloist (on trumpet and flugel) on Legrand's exquisite ballad, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"
There are some heavy back-beats on Scofield's "Green Tea" and Gaye's "What's Going On," which drummer Dave Ratajczak and the rhythm section master with ease. While Wonder isn't known as a jazz writer, he could well be if his engaging themes, "Creepin'" and "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," were used to gauge his proficiency. Bernstein's ardent "One Hand, One Heart" (from the Broadway blockbuster West Side Story) precedes Jobim's lyrical "Look to the Sky" and the Tommy Dorsey evergreen "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," which closes the album on an exhilarating note. And speaking of notes, other soloists of note include alto Andy Snitzer, trombonists Michael Davis and Keith O'Quinn, tenor Jason Rigby, clarinetist Charles Pillow, guitarist Pete McCann and pianist Henry Hey.
Superb band, admirable charts, persuasive soloists. In the words of Ira Gershwin, who could ask for anything more? Except, that is, for more of the same.