Warren Vaché: Quasimodo
Warren Vaché (cornet)
Dream Dancing (Arbors Jazz ARCD 19289)
Composed by Charlie Parker.
Recorded: New York, May 13, 2003
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
The post-World War II dispute between jazz modernists and Dixieland revivalists spawned the colorful term "moldy figs" to describe diehard traditionalists. Amidst this surprisingly bitter feud, Warren Vaché was born (1951). A quarter century later, the controversy long forgotten, Vaché emerged as a cornetist, seemingly in the mold of figs Ruby Braff and Pee Wee Erwin (Vaché's instructor). Hadn't he heard? The modernists won! Jazz trumpet meant Diz & Miles, not Bix & Bobby Hackett. Vaché molders on, but he's no dogmatist. Here, with a sweetly succulent cover of Bird's "Quasimodo," Vaché's fresh fig leaves no doubt he's mold- free.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz