September 2000

Warren Vache
What Is There to Say?

There's a pianoless quartet on What Is There to Say?, with guitarist Joe Puma providing the changes. As a rhythm section, it's too polite to light Vache's fire. Puma comps well, but his solo statements are bland. Despite the lack of challenge, Vache takes off running and never stops swinging on "My Shining Hour," and is pure poetry on "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and "Deep in a Dream," evoking the warmth of Bobby Hackett. Kudos to bassist Murray Wall for his unerring intonation on "Falling in Love Is Wonderful."

Originally published in September 2000
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