Featuring: Pat Metheny, Benny Golson, Branford Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz, Michael and Randy Brecker, Randy Weston, and Django Reinhardt.
This album “The Stars Of Jazz, Volume 1”, showcases some of most prolific musicians, all still casting the indelible shadow of their sound. These original recordings by Arkadia Jazz’s most preeminent artists, serve as an introduction to our artist’s unique musical visions and legacy. This extraordinary album is a collection of the best modern Jazz has to offer.
“A most savory and consumer-friendly clutch of fresh compilations. …a top-of-the-ladder cast. …rewarding jazz without compromise.” – Dr. Herb Wong, Jazz Educators Journal
“…very moving, emotionally poignant… This is a beautiful album.” – Jeanette Housner, Victory Review
To the younger generations who never got to see Coltrane, Bird or Miles, the current jazz masters are the true link to the great historical figures. From Benny Golson and Billy Taylor, to Joanne Brackeen and David Liebman, to Randy and Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, and Dave Holland – all of whom have played with the Great Ones – they now carry the torch into the future. Even though we can choose to look back, Jazz can only move forward. “The Stars Of Jazz Volume 1” is proof that the future is for us to hear, right now.
|1. Caravan||J. Tizol/Duke Ellington||BILLY TAYLOR:
Billy Taylor: Piano; Chip Jackson: Bass; Steve Johns: Drums
|2. Body and Soul*||J. Green/E. Hayman||BRANFORD MARSALIS: Tenor sax; BENNY GOLSON: Tenor sax;
Geoff Keezer: Piano; Dwayne Burno: Bass; Joe Farnsworth: Drums
|3. Heaven’s Gift||D. Liebman||DAVE LIEBMAN:
Dave Liebman: Soprano sax; Pat Metheny: Guitar; Cecil McBee: Bass; Billy Hart: Drums
|4. A Night in Tunisia||D. Gillespie/F. Paparelli||RANDY WESTON:
Randy Weston: Piano; T.K. Blue: Alto saxophone
|5. Stella By Starlight||V. Young/N. Washington||HAROLD LAND: (with String Orchestra)
Harold Land: Tenor Saxophone; Bill Henderson: Piano; James Leary: Bass; Ray Ellis: Arranger
|6. If I Were a Bell||F. Loesser||JOANNE BRACKEEN:
Joanne Brackeen: Piano
|7. Good Morning, Heartache||I. Higginbottom/E. Drake||GARY PEACOCK: Bass ; BILL FRISELL: Guitar||5:25|
|8. Visions of Gaudi||T. Harrell||STEVE KUHN: Piano; TOM HARRELL: Trumpet;
George Mraz: Bass; Al Foster Drums
|9. Bernie’s Tune||B. Miller||LEE KONITZ: Alto saxophone; BOB BROOKMEYER: Valve trombone;
Randy Brecker: Trumpet; Ted Rosenthal Piano; Dean Johnson Bass; Ron Vincent: Drums
|10 .The Emergence||A. Pasqua||MICHAEL BRECKER: Tenor saxophone; RANDY BRECKER: Trumpet; ALAN PASQUA: Piano;
Dave Holland Bass; Paul Motian: Drums
|11. Nuages||Django Reinhardt||DJANGO REINHARDT:
Django Reinhardt: Guitar; Joseph Reinhardt: Guitar; Hubert Ronstaig: Clarinet; Alix Combeille: Clarinet; Rony Rovira: Bass; Pierre Fouard: Drums
* Grammy nominated.
Produced by: Bob Karcy
Total Time: 56 minutes
About The Arkadia Jazz All-Stars:
The Arkadia Jazz All-Stars is a group established in 1996 as the brainchild of Bob Karcy, Producer, musician, Founder and CEO of Arkadia Records. Karcy’s original goal was to harness the creative brilliance of the Artists who recorded on its Arkadia Records labels, along with select guest musicians representing some of Jazz’s biggest stars, to create an unparalleled series of newly recorded, thematically unified studio albums. So far, ten albums have been recorded and three more are in production.
These Arkadia Jazz All-Stars releases have been honored with three Grammy Award Nominations.
The “Thank You” Series – Tributes to the most revered artists in the history of Jazz:
The first “Thank You” Series was created to honor the memory and the lasting legacy of many of the greatest and most esteemed artists in the history of Jazz.
The initial album in the “Thank You” series is entitled “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: Thank You, John! – Our Tribute to John Coltrane” (Grammy Nominated for “My Favorite Things” by David Liebman).
This was followed by “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: Thank you. Duke! – Our tribute to Duke Ellington”.
The Lead All-Star Members of these two albums are: Benny Golson, Billy Taylor, T.K. Blue, Joanne Brackeen, Nova Bossa Nova, and Joris Teepe.
The Supporting Members performing with them are: Mulgrew Miller, Buster Williams, Carl Allen, Eric Reed, Rodney Whitaker, Mike LeDonne, Vic Juris, Steve Nelson, Terrell Stafford, Ira Coleman, and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez.
Appearing as Special Guests are: Randy Weston, Don Braden, Chris Potter, Claudio Roditi, Bob Mintzer, David Hazeltine, Bruce Cox, and Harold Land.
Next on the agenda were new tribute albums to Joe Henderson (“Thank You, Joe! – Our Tribute to Joe Henderson”) and Gerry Mulligan (“Thank You, Gerry! – Our Tribute to Gerry Mulligan”). For “Thank You Joe!”, Karcy and Musical Directors Eric Reed and Carl Allen put together an ensemble including Randy Brecker, Terrell Stafford, Steve Nelson, Rodney Whitaker with special guest, Joanne Brackeen.
For “Thank You, Gerry!” (Grammy Nominated for “My Funny Valentine” by Randy Brecker), Karcy and Musical Director, Ted Rosenthal enlisted jazz legends Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, with Javon Jackson, Dean Johnson and Ron Vincent, all of whom performed with Gerry Mulligan’s band.
The next series of albums were conceived as thematically-driven group collections of outstanding singles, representing the best-of-our-best.
The first two albums, “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: The Stars of Jazz #1” (Grammy Nominated for “Body and Soul” by Branford Marsalis) and “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: The Stars of Jazz #2” (Grammy Nominated for “My Favorite Things” by David Liebman), present the most highly recognized artists, including Joanne Brackeen, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, Branford Marsalis, Billy Taylor, Randy Weston, Gary Bartz, and Nat Adderley.
The “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: The New Young Lions of Jazz” showcases the next generation of rising stars on the Jazz horizon, including James Carter, Don Braden, Chris Potter, Javon Jackson, Ravi Coltrane, Eric Reed, Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton, Steve Turre, and Kurt Elling.
The “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: Out and Out Jazz” captures inventive performances on the cutting edge of modern and free jazz, both fully composed and improvised. This album showcases John Abercrombie, Paul Bley, Joanne Brackeen, John Clark, Andrew Hill, David Liebman, Pat Metheny, Nicholas Payton, Gary Peacock, Sam Rivers, and Reggie Workman.
Everyone has known love, and that emotion is beautifully expressed in “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: It’s About Love”, a new album of heartfelt romantic ballads, performed by Benny Golson, Nigel Clark, Joanne Brackeen, T.K. Blue, Mary Pearson, Billy Taylor, Kenny Drew, Jr., Eric Reed. It includes the stunning Grammy Nominated “My Funny Valentine” by Randy Brecker.
Arkadia Records continues to create new releases from the Arkadia Jazz All-Stars. Albums currently in production are tributes to Thelonious Monk (“Thank You, Thelonious!”) and Miles Davis (“Thank You, Miles!”), as well a suite of lively standards and compelling original songs for the holiday season.
Bob Karcy’s ultimate aim is that the Arkadia Jazz All-Stars will emerge as an artistically successful recording group in its own right. In addition to creating new, exciting and stellar music, the All-Stars will showcase the Artists on Arkadia Records, creating greater awareness and recognition of their talent, and helping them reach a new generation of listeners far beyond their core fans.