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Red Pajamas

by Jay T. Vonada

Red Pajamas is the second album of trombonist Jay Vonada of Aaronsburg Pennsylvania. It features his trio of trombone, organ and drums playing all original material. Seven tunes are by Jay and one each from the other band members.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blue Mood
6:58 $1.28
2. November Day
7:18 $1.28
3. Fresh Start
6:09 $1.28
4. Not A Thing (Feat. Kevin Lowe)
5:26 $1.28
5. Jeanie B. (Feat. Alex Sell)
7:28 $1.28
6. Sea Jam
4:49 $1.28
7. Merino
7:04 $1.28
8. Red Pajamas
7:00 $1.28
9. E in 3
4:48 $1.28
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Album Notes
Please say hello to trombonist and composer Jay Vonada, who has delivered a splendid second CD, Red Pajamas – a welcome follow-up to his 2008 debut, Jammin’.

Red Pajamas features Vonada – a well-respected, busy Central Pennsylvania musician – with two favorite colleagues: organist Alex Sell and drummer Kevin Lowe. They form a spirited, percolating trio, delving here into an array of natty originals with zest and invention.

The 9-song program kicks off with “Blue Mood,” a Vonada blues (he wrote all the songs save two) with a tidy line and unhurried gait. Here, as throughout, the musicians play with an alluring musicality: the leader boasts a glowing-to-raspy tone and a wealth of improvisational swagger; Sell creates engaging sonic shades from the keyboard; and ardent timekeeper Lowe offers deft percussive sounds.

“November Day” is a peppy waltz that opens with a crackling Lowe solo. Jay’s subsequent outing reveals his gleaming sound and powerhouse technique. The Latin-bent “Fresh Start” is so well-crafted it sounds like a standard. Jay’s lines pack punch, and Alex scores with soft, light-filled organ sounds.

Lowe’s “Not A Thing” has an invigorating, make-you-dance “New Orleans street-beat, second line feel that’s great to play on,” says Jay.
Sell’s “Jeanie B.” is a medium-slow groover headlined by a singable theme. The band’s finger-popping efforts enhance its charm.
Jay’s “Sea Jam” has a funky rhythmic undercurrent he calls “a New Jack Swing kind of feel. Crowds enjoy it.” A shout chorus adds zip.

“Merino,” with Jay employing the cup mute for a nice color change, leads to the title track, a dandy bossa. The waltz blues, “E in 3,” brings this ace affair to a vibrant close.

To me, Red Pajamas comes off like a happening live set, say at Zola New World Bistro in State College, Pa., where the band has a monthly hit. This is hip, refreshing music, worthy of repeated visits.

Zan Stewart



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