Warren Vaché

Live at the Vineyard

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Warren Vaché, Jr., one in a long line of important cornetists following Bix Beiderbecke, Jimmy McPartland, and Ruby Braff, showcases his effortless lyricism and ability to swing during this 1984 trio concert at New York's Vineyard Theatre. Accompanied by veteran pianist John Bunch and bassist Phil Flanigan, two equally strong musicians, Vaché's intimate interpretations of decades-old standards such as "Sunday" and "The Best Thing for You" prove that this smaller brass cousin of the trumpet is hardly an obsolete instrument. He starts on open horn in a blistering take of "The Song Is You" before adding a mute for a typically sassy solo. The fire of earlier greats can also be heard in his rendition of "Cherokee," which is played at a moderate tempo rather than the all-too-often breakneck pace, also showcasing Flanigan to good effect. Vaché sits out Ron Carter's "Twelve by Twelve," a lively bop duet feature for Bunch and Flanigan. The cornetist's comments about his instrument and jamming with trumpeter Roy Eldridge (who baited him into joining him on the bandstand by explaining he wasn't feeling well!) are priceless. Warmly recommended!

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