Comparisons are odious, but the highly respected conductor of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Lindberg, has opened that can of worms regarding his latest project, Porgy & Bess (A440), which features flugelhornist Clark Terry. First, it must be pointed out that Terry’s recording sessions began in November 2003 and ended in December after he turned 84. He has lost none of his vibrancy or warmth or humor, and while perhaps there’s a tad less fluidity in his playing, Terry’s skills are ideal for the dramatic impact called for by this opera. He even mumbled his way through a brief “Here Come De Honey Man.”
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