Recorded live at the legendary Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, SC, Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott, and Eddie Metz perform an hour s worth of unpretentious, mainstream jazz musical gems. Top-flight drummer Metz appears regularly at Disney World and has performed with Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Clark Terry. Bassist Parrott performs vocals on two selections, displaying her lovely, plaintive singing voice beautifully. Sportiello s jazz piano stylings wow the audience as he performs perfect stride and mainstream jazz piano in his original, charming manner.
The legendary Four Brothers reed section of Woody Herman's famous "Second Herd" big band of 1947, (Herbie Steward, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz and Serge Chaloff) is reimagined and reinvigorated by jazz icons Harry Allen, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart and Gary Smulyan on the exciting, swinging and audacious recording of The Candy Men by Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band. Offering a sensational set of twelve bop-infused tunes containing some hard-driving, mid-tempo swing pieces to breathy and bossa-styled ballads, one sampling of this disc is just not enough. The material and the musicianship is so outstanding, that the late, great bandleader Woody Herman himself, would be proud of the way this group of jazz icons, has so elegantly represented the original Brothers section.
Tenor Scott Hamilton hit the scene on the 70s, playing in the classic style of Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins. In 1977, he recorded his debut album for Concord Records, with whom he would have a long recording career. Hamilton formed his own quintet in the early 1980s and developed a style that was very much his own. Backed by Rossano Sportiello on piano, Hassan Shakur on bass and Chuck Riggs on drums, this set from Smalls Live is one of Hamilton's best.