|Here's the full review of this recording, from UHF No. 68
The Denver Brass
Lessard: How about a tango by Carlos Gardel? Here's one, and it's magnificent! Forget that Gardel was virtually illiterate. What is evident from his tangos is the undeniable fact that he had talent and genius enough that experienced musicians took the trouble to decipher his scribbled texts and notes. And it's a good thing for us, since we take such pleasure in hearing them. Gardel's Por una cabezza is on track 2.
But the disc opens with Gershwin, and his Cuban Overture, written for Cuban percussion inspired by Cuban rhythms. It's a rumba. Gershwin himself called it "a symphonic overture that embodies the essence of Cuban dance." It's more music from the great George Gershwin, who continues to fascinate us two tracks later with excerpts from his opera Porgy and Bess, including the bewitching Summertime. I shall say no more, except to mention The Jogo Blues which closes the CD. Its irresistible rhythm is enough to plunge you into...well, the Blues, really and truly. Oh, and don't overlook Thelonius Monk's 'Round Midnight, which never fails to delight.
But what makes this album special, considering that many of the pieces on it are so familiar? It features the fabulous Denver Brass, whose members play with power and joy. Hurry and make their acquaintance. The quality of the sound will please you too.