Warren Vaché: Quasimodo

Track

Quasimodo

Artist

Warren Vaché (cornet)

CD

Dream Dancing (Arbors Jazz ARCD 19289)

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Musicians:

Warren Vaché (cornet), Bill Charlap (piano), Dennis Irwin (bass), Eddie Locke (drums).

Composed by Charlie Parker

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Recorded: New York, May 13, 2003

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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

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