Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall Meets...A West Coast Tribute to Gerry Mulligan

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Jennifer Hall is best known for playing baritone sax with Jack Sheldon's big band for a decade and for her work throughout the Los Angeles jazz scene. This CD is an inspired idea for she performs a dozen songs associated with baritonist Gerry Mulligan (who composed all of the numbers except "Bernie's Tune") in a quintet. Two songs apiece match her with fellow baritonist Roger Neumann, the explosive trumpeter Carl Saunders, Tom Kubis on soprano, Terry Harrington (one tune apiece on clarinet and tenor), the exciting trombonist Scott Whitfield and veteran trumpeter Jack Sheldon who sings "Summer's Over." Among the many high points are the two baritones on "Five Brothers," Saunders romping on "Elevation," the interplay between clarinet and baritone on "Apple Core" and Whitfield's two appearances. But in reality each performance has its great and colorful moments. Jennifer Hall holds her own with her guests, the rhythm section of pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Dave Stone and drummer Santo Savino is solid and swinging and there is not a slow moment on the set. Highly recommended.

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