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Tall & Small the Pete Christlieb & Linda Small Eleven Piece Band | High On U

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by Tall & Small the Pete Christlieb & Linda Small Eleven Piece Band

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1. High on You
5:48 $0.99
2. Don't You Know
7:26 $0.99
3. The Meaning of the Blues
4:42 $0.99
4. Bosco Sez
7:01 $0.99
5. Pent-Up-House
5:12 $0.99
6. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing
5:31 $0.99
7. Minuet
6:45 $0.99
8. Open Country
4:55 $0.99
9. Without A Paddle
5:43 $0.99
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Simon Pilbrow

…..A great jazz album….
Tall and Small is a fine eleven-piece group that combines the best of two worlds – the power of a big band with the spontaneity of a smaller group – to showcase the fine talents of the husband-and-wife team of tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb and trombonist Linda Small – and, in this album, the superlative arranging of legendary West Coast arranger Bill Holman. This very spirited ensemble, comprising a handful of LA’s finest and seasoned jazz musicians, handles the demanding but swinging charts with ease, and their tight ensemble work is matched by the depth of their soloing capabilities. It includes stalwarts of the LA scene like bassists Putter Smith, Jim Hughart, saxophonists Gary Foster and Gene Cipriano, trumpeter Ron Stout, as well as fine younger players like the energetic alto soloist Kevin Garren who is a voice to listen out for. Most of the players are given solo opportunities, although the band is built around the solo talents of its leaders.

The tall Christlieb (yes, he is tall – I once drove him from a gig in Melbourne to his hotel with just enough headroom for Pete in my car) has long been a giant of tenor saxophone jazz playing, and one can always count on his impeccable timing, superb phrasing and note placement, great feeling and great swing. His playing has a breadth of influence, depth of musicianship and language - from the Basie tenors and hard boppers of the fifties and sixties – to more modern players - and which matured early on into a distinctive individual sound and style which just keeps on growing. He ought to be a household name after his fine solo on Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable” recording, but this highly accomplished player deserves greater recognition and a listener would do well to start with this “Tall and Small” album to hear the range of his playing – from a ballad feature of “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” (originally heard on Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder) to the many up tempo features on which his soloing eloquence is matched by few – witness his superb opening bars of solo in Rollins’ classic “Pent Up House”. Linda Small is a fine player who draws from the great jazz trombone traditions from the 50’s Basie trombonists, the hard bop trombonists like Slide Hampton through to later players like Bill Watrous and Jim Pugh, into a convincing style of her own. She plays soulful ballad trombone – e,g, on the beautiful ballad feature “The Meaning of the Blues” - and lively, swinging hard bop in the many other solo feature spots throughout the album. She combines well with husband Pete on the delightful Brookmeyer piece “Open Country” in which the two play unison and leap frogs with each other in the engaging melody.

Bill Holman – surely one of the great living treasures of the jazz world - deserves special mention for his six decades of top level jazz arranging and his highly original writing – always complex and imaginative, with sinuous polyphonic interplay and a lexicon of tasteful arranging devices many of which are his own trademarks, but always swinging jazz, no matter what the idiom. This recording shows the variety he can come up with in a medium sized ensemble. The opener and title track, “High on You”, is worth the price of the album – a super Al Cohn melody, brilliant writing from Holman, fine solos and swinging ensemble playing from all concerned. Contrast this with Holman’s own “Without a Paddle” – take this one up the creek at your own risk - a very different kind of tune with an atonal beginning – and his treatment of the ballads. There is much to treasure in Holman’s excellent arrangements that repeated listening will reward. Clearly this giant of jazz arranging has plenty more to give.

Tall and Small is one fine album packed with great music that will warm up the room like a warm, cozy fireplace……invite your friends over and let them warm to it as well.