Swing And Other Things
The "swing" of the title is palpable throughout this album, especially "Limehouse Blues," "Cheek to Cheek" and Benny Goodman's "Rachel's Dream." On these and the other selections, clarinetist Vache captivates you with his propulsive phrasing, harmonic momentum and Artie Shaw-like high notes. This is swing in the Goodman tradition. (The comparison is aided by John Cocuzzi's Hampton-ish vibes.)
The rhythm section-guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist Johnny Varro, bassist Frank Tate and drummer Ed Metz, Jr.-projects a loose, effortless buoyancy. Pizzarelli's chorded solos are smooth and warm on "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)" and "You Turned the Tables on Me." Varro takes several fluid Teddy Wilson-ish solos throughout the album. Cornetist Warren Vache, Jr., the leader's brother, joins the group on "Cheek to Cheek," a hard-swinging romp that you don't want to end.