Eldee Young and Marshall Vente:The Long and Short of Jazz
You probably weren’t expecting a CD featuring the vocal work of Eldee Young, were you? Not unless you have happened to catch him live. This delightful CD features Eldee on vocals and bass in a variety of settings provided by the always original accompaniment and arranging of Marshall Vente. From trio to Brazilian ensemble to big band, this fun-filled offering keeps the listener engaged and elated. Eldee Young, an original member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio, delivers 10 blues and favorites with maturity, warmth and humor. Marshall Vente’s trio provides the foundation on Autumn Leaves and I Can’t Get Started, demonstrating Vente’s elegance and power on acoustic piano. Paulinho Garcia joins with guitar and vocal duets with Eldee on So Dance the Samba and Besame Mucho, and Marshall’s Project 9 drives and shouts behind Eldee on But Not for Me, Georgia, and Stormy Monday. There’s even a touch of Christmas and much, much more. Long on good-time entertainment, with a fresh sound and proven material, this Chicago recording belongs on your short list for shopping.—Jim Frakes, jazz writer/producer.
Available in Chicago stores soon. Also available through Middle Coast Records, PO Box 1344, La Grange Park, IL 60526-9444. Or call(630) 968-3339, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.chicago-guide.com/marshall