The Verve Jazz Ensemble | It's About Time

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It's About Time

by The Verve Jazz Ensemble

From bebop rhythms to sweet melodic ballads and swinging romps forged with exciting solo statements, the Verve Jazz Ensemble delivers quite an attention-grabbing first effort!
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Lady Bird
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2. Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
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3. Big Swing Face
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4. Boplicity
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5. The Days of Wine and Roses
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6. Jordu
6:19 $0.99
7. Lady Bird (Alternate Take)
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8. Softly a in a Morning Sunrise (Alternate Take)
6:37 $0.99
9. Big Swing Face (Alternate Take)
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Album Notes

Featuring acclaimed NY Trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt, cited by Wynton Marsalis as "one of his favorite young trumpet players," the Verve Jazz Ensemble projects a wide array of richly developed voices on this compelling compilation of music. From reinterpreted Bebop standards (Lady Bird, Boplicity, and Jordu), to a dynamic big band reduction (Big Swing Face, originally made famous by Buddy Rich), to two distinct treatments of well-loved jazz classics (Henry Mancini's The Days of Wine and Roses, and Oscar Hammerstein's Softly as in a Morning Sunrise), listeners will immediately hear a deeply integrated group that delivers its musical art with great style and passion.

Tatum Greenblatt's beautiful, crystal-clear trumpet voice lends a bluesy edge throughout, showcasing his rich jazz roots set on a contemporary platform and vision. Tatum takes full advantage of his voicing on the band's hypnotic rendition of Boplicity, creating a smooth, rich mood any New York jazz lounge would be proud of at 3 AM. Tenor sax man and arranger Jon Blanck brings his soulful, driving, yet ever-sensitive approach on every tune, linking with Tatum's trumpet to generate a warm blend of dynamic jazz.

Jon turns it up on the VJE's intriguing and funky jazz samba rendering of Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, featuring a broad and beautiful solo.

The group's rhythm section is also aptly featured, playing with a synchronization that gives the Verve Jazz Ensemble a solid yet highly flexible foundation. Note bassist Chris DeAngelis' solid undercurrent and footprint everywhere on the album. Pianist Matt Oestreicher's array of well-crafted, spicy and eclectic fills, accompaniments, and solos bring to mind pianists from McCoy Tyner to Red Garland, and many in between. And driving the band is VJE drummer and leader Josh Feldstein. Josh's swinging, thoughtful, and elegant percussive pulse sets the stage for a distinctly different, truly enjoyable rhythmic experience from tune to tune. Josh especially digs in on the uptempo and novel quintet interpretation of Big Swing Face, seamlessly blending the small jazz ensemble sound with a big band drumming approach, resulting in a wide-open, kickin' tune.

As the listener will very likely agree, it's indeed about time the Verve Jazz Ensemble has released their debut album, It's About Time.



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I'm relatively new to jazz, and this CD is now one of my favorites. Great arrangement, the way the instruments play off one another is masterful. Inspiring music, am looking forward to more from VJE!


Great Sound
"The CD is fabulous--great job!!  This group sounds really tight!"


Stellar debut!
Superb musicianship and fresh and innovative arrangements of timeless jazz standards combine to yield listening perfection. The CD’s in heavy rotation on my system—as music to work to, cook to, and as a brilliant soundtrack for entertaining. It’s about time the Verve Jazz Ensemble hit the studio—and came to my attention! Hopefully little time will pass before Verve’s sophomore release.


FRESH jazz!
This CD masters the twofold purpose of jazz as both a player's music and a listener's music. The latter purpose is much harder to satisfy, and from a listener's standpoint, I must get it out there that this music is not listenable once, but again and again and again! I know that the members of VJE are talented and passionate for what they do, and this record truly captures all that and even more dynamic to their musicianship. Their interpretations are sleek and full of surprises to discover with each new listen. Great music for anyone's collection and a great debut for a band in their prime! Can't wait to hear more from these guys!


It is wonderful!
When i downloaded it, I listened to it in its entirety, and Im looking forward to playing it again this evening. Great job VJE!


New Listener - Great Music
I never considered myself a jazz listener, until I heard the Verve Jazz Ensemble. I received their album as a gift and I can't stop listening to it. It's not completely out there like some jazz I've heard and it's not boring. It's an engaging listening experience with twists and turns along the way. I highly recommend especially if you are like me and don't know where you stand on listening to jazz music.


Great Arrangements
Simply put, the group is tight, the arrangements work well for the group, and overall really enjoyable to listen to. I definitely recommend picking it up. Great job!

marci durnell

Haunting & Vibrant!
We simply love this cd. It is beautiful & haunting with its subtle Latin influence. A keeper worth sharing!


Jazz Gold!
Love this CD! Some great Jazz! I played it at a recent party and everyone loved it, we can't wait for more from the Verve Jazz Ensemble!

Peg & Art

The Golden Age of Jazz is alive!
Smooth and vivacious jazz with the exquisite authenticity of the Golden Age of Jazz and all the freshness for today's listeners. We just put our car trip play list together and we put The Verve's "It's About Time" on first, in the company of David "Fathead" Newman's "Mr. Gentle, Mr. Cool", followed by Dianne Reeves, Jane Monheit, Michael Feinstein. This is a phenomenal first CD and we can't wait for their second. New York Clubs take note! We want to see them live in Mew York City!
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