CD 5013
Warren Vaché and Allan Vaché

Warren Vaché - cornet, flugelhorn
Allan Vaché - clarinet
Eddie Higgins - piano
Howard Alden - guitar
Phil Flanigan - bass
Ed Metz Jr. - drums
01 Just Friends  
02 Tangerine  
03 London By Night  
04 I’ll Remember April  
05 All Blues  
06 Just Squeeze Me  
07 The Eel’s Nephew  
08 Falando De Orlando  
09 Cottontail  
10 Londonderry Air  
11 If Dreams Come True  
12 What Am I Here For  
Recorded in February 1998 at Park Studios, Orlando, Florida.
24 bit digitally re-mastered February 2007 in Hamburg.

Special limited edition. 24 bit digitally remastered reissue of NHCD 050.

“It's unlikely you'll hear a hotter band than this one for this type of authentic, traditional jazz. Never stuffy, always on top of every fresh bar with no looking back to past glories despite the older repertoire, the Vaché brothers conjure something extra special within their musical partnership. Highly recommended.

Profuse thanks are given to mom Madeline, who worked at Decca Records when she met Warren Sr., then insisted her boys practise daily. The result is this recording, played by two of the best baby boomers in the swing jazz business. Warren Jr.'s cornet musings have never been livlier or more clearly executed, while Allan, truly an underrated clarinetist, shines with the best of the current crop. Guitarist Howard Alden, the great pianist Eddie Higgins, bassist Phil Flanigan and drummer Ed Metz Jr. round out the excellent back-up band. Some of the twelve tunes are with the full sextet. Warren plays flugelhorn with Higgins only for the pristine "London By Night," and it's just Higgins, Flanigan and Metz for the Benny Goodman evergreen "If Dreams Come True," Higgins quoting "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me." Dig Warren, Alden and Flanigan, Alden especially plucky on his solo during Bud Freeman's "The Eel's Nephew," while Allan and Alden go it by themselves on the serene "Londonderry Air" a.k.a. "Danny Boy." There are three Duke Ellington tunes; "Just Squeeze Me" with Warren's fresh squeezed wah wah cornet Higgins quoting "Music, Music, Music," a bass-guitar workout introducing the well swung "Cottontail," Higgins quoting "We're In The Money," and the joyful guitar-clarinet-cornet unison melody of "What Am I Here For?" There's a fresh take on Miles Davis' "All Blues," changing up the harmonics of the waltz, Higgins shimmering piano and Warren's muted Miles-evoked sound accenting. A bossa version of "Tangerine" is quite different, Aldens's fat chords and cat quick lines the centerpiece. For evidence of Allan's clarinet mastery check out his upbeat take on "I'll Remember April," Higging quoting "Jeannine," while the out-and-out swinger "Just Friends" is staggering in its counterpointed trading of lines between brothers, quite deserving of a huge WOW!”
Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

Warren Vaché is a supremely accomplished, versatile and rare performer. He has been astounding audiences worldwide for decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings. Through live performances and recordings, along with stage, screen, radio and television appearances, Warren conveys incredible warmth through his burnished tone and intelligent improvisations.

He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as: Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Ruby Braff and Bobby Short to name but a few.

With a style that has been described as "lyrical," 'daring," "warm," and "exciting," Warren Vaché has a delightful way of engaging and audience; leaving them enthralled with the beauty and joy of his playing, and the warmth of his vocals.

When Allan Vaché plays swing on his clarinet, the smooth sounds invite comparisons to a young Benny Goodman, which isn't surprising since the King of Swing was one of Vaché's chief influences. Vaché can be downright blistering as well as warm and inviting and his graceful playing makes even complicated pieces seem easy. Critics also compare him to jazz clarinetist Peanuts Hucko.

Early on Allan Vaché performed professionally with a number of noted musicians, among them Lionel Hampton, Bobby Hackett, Gene Krupa, Pee Wee Erwin, Clark Terry, Dick Hyman, Dick Wellstood, Max Kaminsky, Bob Wilber, Cliff Leeman, and Wild Bill Davison.

Price 10.99 EURO


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