Ariadne’s Notes: Another great guest on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, September 7, 1:35 pm, PST! John Vanore , composer and trumpet player called in to talk about his tribute album Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson, that was released in August. I was impressed with his attention to detail and hard work to create a loving , beautiful yet professional CD for Oliver Nelson. WP Team: Ariadne Sawyer, Victor Swartzman tech, Sharon Rowe, Braitwaite and Katz and Katherine Growdon.
Bandleader/composer/trumpeter John Vanore’s all-star large ensemble album Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson comes out August 18 on Acoustical Concept.
“This is one of the best ideas for a jazz record in decades…. [Vanore is] an arranger and a bandleader who truly knows backwards and forwards the subject of his tribute….. a first-rate record…. This is an Oliver Nelson tribute record that Nelson himself would have been proud of…” â€“ Jeff Simon, Buffalo News “John Vanore is Philadelphia’s greatest big band leader and also its best-kept secret…. [a] brilliant new CD. …. Vanore makes great players greater, and creates space for stars to shine. This is an elegant and unrivaled tribute to one of the great arrangers in jazz history.” – Jerry Gordon, WPRB FM, Princeton Though he was only 43 years old when he passed away suddenly in 1975, Oliver Nelson left behind a body of work that is staggering in its breadth and depth. More than 40 years later, his influence as a composer and arranger is still felt, though Nelsonâ€™s name isnâ€™t mentioned as often as his innovations might merit. Vanore’s Stolen Moments revisits nine pieces that were either composed or arranged by Nelson over the course of his prolific career. The album features Vanore’s Philadelphia-based band Abstract Truth, with saxophonists Steve Wilson and Bob Malach; trumpet players Tony Kadleck, Augie Haas, Jon Owens and Dave Ballou; Adam Unsworth and George Barnett on French horns; trombonists Ryan Keberle and Dave Taylor; and the rhythm section of pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Mike Richmond, drummer Danny Gottlieb, guitarist Greg Kettinger, and percussionist Beth Gottlieb. Stream a short compilation of music from the CD