Scott Whitfield and Andy Martin | A Tribute To Carl Fontana - Set 2 of 2

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A Tribute To Carl Fontana - Set 2 of 2

by Scott Whitfield and Andy Martin

A live jazz performance at the famous Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, California.
Genre: Jazz: West Coast Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Straight No Chaser
8:48 $1.29
2. Soon
10:48 $1.59
3. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
8:24 $1.29
4. Andy Remembers Carl
1:03 $0.99
5. Dolores
14:19 $1.59
6. Time After Time
8:03 $1.29
7. Centerpiece
8:33 $1.29
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A trombone tribute to the great Carl Fontana.

Scott Whitfield - Trombone
Andy Martin - Trombone
Christian Jacob - Piano
Trey Henry - Bass
Ray Brinker - Drums



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Simon Pilbrow

Great bones pay homage to Carl Fontana - review by Simon Pilbrow
Trombone virtuosi Scott Whitfield and Andy Martin join forces to pay a fine and respectful tribute to their mutual inspiration, the late, great trombonist Carl Fontana in an afternoon at the legendary Lighthouse Café. This is another memorable musical occasion in the venue that has for so many decades been the home to so much important music that contributed to and shaped the rich West Coast jazz legacy, and the two trombonists rise mightily to this occasion, as do their fine rhythm section colleagues, piano master Christian Jacob, and bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ray Brinker. There was much to celebrate in the music of Carl Fontana - his inspired melodic inventiveness, his virtuosity, underpinned by his unique and brilliant articulation, and his relaxed approach. The six musical selections of this second set of the day include three well known standards – including a Martin ballad feature on ‘Polkadots and Moonbeams’ – and ‘Soon’ and ‘Time after Time’, as well as Monk’s ‘Straight no Chaser’ and a more obscure Frank Loesser find, a fine tune called ‘Dolores’, taken in a calypso groove by the fine rhythm section. Each tune allows plenty of space for Martin and Whitfield to display their own common ground as well as their distinctive solo styles and technical mastery. ‘Time after Time’ is a latin trio feature for the rhythm section, with bassist Henry’s fine leading with the melody, and plenty of space for each to show their solo strengths and musical interplay. The final track, ‘Sweets’ Edison’s ‘Centrepiece’ is a tour de force for all. Both Martin and Whitfield acknowledge the formative influence of Fontana on their playing, and while they bring their own well-honed techniques to this performance, this is no trombone grandstanding session, but a musical celebration powered by fine musicianship, taste and respect for one another, Fontana, the music and their appreciative audience. This is a fine recording.