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Lew Tabackin: Jazz na Hrade (2010)

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Lew Tabackin began to make his mark in the '60s, touring or recording with Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
1928 - 2006
trumpet
, the Thad Jones
Thad Jones
Thad Jones
1923 - 1986
trumpet
/Mel Lewis
Mel Lewis
Mel Lewis
1929 - 1990
drums
Orchestra, Duke Pearson
Duke Pearson
Duke Pearson
b.1932
piano
, Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
1937 - 2001
sax, tenor
, Elvin Jones
Elvin Jones
Elvin Jones
1927 - 2004
drums
, Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
1932 - 2013
trumpet
and The Tonight Show Band. From 1968-69, he was a main soloist with the Danish Radio Orchestra. He helped his wife, Toshiko Akiyoshi
Toshiko Akiyoshi
Toshiko Akiyoshi
b.1929
piano
, to form her long-running jazz orchestra not long after they moved to California, taking part as its star soloist during its three decades of existence, though the veteran tenor saxophonist enjoyed occasional opportunities to record as a leader of his own small groups, typically piano-less sessions. Since the disbanding of the Akiyoshi-Tabackin Jazz Orchestra, Tabackin has recorded duets and quartets with his wife, in addition to his own trios and quartets utilizing other players, mostly for European and Japanese labels.

This 2009 concert in the Czech Republic was part of an ongoing festival produced, hosted, recorded and commercially issued by the country's president, Václav Klaus, who also serves as emcee at the start of the disc. Tabackin invited bassist Giuseppe Bassi and drummer Roberto Gatto to accompany him for a European tour, with trumpeter Flavio Boltro guesting on several tracks. Tabackin's tenor encompasses many facets of the great stylists of both swing and bop, while his flute has a more mystical, Far Eastern flavor.

Tabackin's robust tenor is magical in the songs from Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
's vast repertoire, including passionate takes of "What Am I Here For" and "In a Sentimental Mood." The interaction between Tabackin and Boltro in the introduction to "What is This Thing Called Love" is majestic, though the piece transforms into a smoldering, brisk bop setting with the addition of the rhythm section. The tenor saxophonist's hip treatment of Oscar Pettiford
Oscar Pettiford
Oscar Pettiford
1922 - 1960
bass
's "Tricotism" is at times subtle but his humorous song quotes break that spell on occasion. Switching to flute, Tabackin revisits his exotic composition "Return to Pan," engaging in a vibrant duet with Gatto, utilizing over-blowing and sung lines à la Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
1936 - 1977
reeds
. His compelling take of John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
's "Wise One" is a meditative masterpiece.

Track Listing: Úvod by Prezident Václav Klaus; What Am I Here For?; Wise One; Tricotism; Chasin' the Carrot; Return of Pan; What is This Thing Called Love; You Don't Know What Love Is; In a Sentimental Mood.

Personnel: Lew Tabackin: tenor saxophone, flute; Flavio Boltro: trumpet; Giuseppe Bassi: bass; Roberto Gatto: drums.

Record Label: Multisonic Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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