Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Jazz & The Philharmonic Okeh 2014

Okeh continues their stellar run with an all star cast for Jazz & The Philharmonic!
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Sony Music and Okeh are a label on a roll and the CD / DVD release of Jazz & The Philharmonic. This release is the conceptual baby of the great Larry Rosen and fuses a magnificent lineup of jazz and classical artists performing some of the iconic works of our time. This is a program centered in the diversity of artistic interpretation but the synergy of a harmonious execution. Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Mark O'Connor are just some of the outstanding talent that will be featured when this show premiers on PBS on February 28, 2014. This is must see entertainment that cuts across barriers of age, genre, and style to celebrate the initial idea founded by Norman Granz to push jazz out of the clubs and into the concert halls. Somewhere we lost our way. Jazz & The Philharmonic is a gentle nudge to have us all rejoin that same musical page!
 
The parings include Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea and Dave Grusin on "Autumn Leaves." A stellar performance of "Fugue in C Minor' is performed by Terrence Blanchard and Eric Owens. Grammy winner Dave Grusin teams up with Mark O'Connor for "Mountain Dance." The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra is in full force and on point every step of the way. There are no missteps here, a truly memorable night of music captured with elegance, grace and sophistication which is typical of the Okeh releases hitting the street this year.
 
A magnificent recording and DVD experience.
CD Tracks: Autumn Leaves; Fugue In C Minor; Spanish Suite; Simple Gifts; Mountain Dance; Soloings 1; The Man I Love; Solfeggietto; Charade.
Additional DVD Tracks Include: 2001: Space Odyssey
 
Performers: Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra; Bobby McFerrin; Chick Corea; Dave Grusin; Eric Owens, Terrence Blanchard, Mark O' Connor, Elizabeth Joy Roy, Shelly Berg