Two CD set. Brew Moore never enjoyed the same degree of commercial success as Stan Getz, Zoot Sims or Allen Eager, but when the spirit moved him, he could outgun all-comers. In doing so, not only did this maverick earn the respect of his contemporaries, but also praise from some unexpected source. Beat Generation guru Jack Kerouac was a big fan who lionized the tenor man in great detail in his novel Desolation Angels. The all-star cast of players on this double CD includes Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Slim Gaillard, Kai Winding, Howard McGhee, George Wallington, Claude Thornhill and Machito's Afro Cuboppers. Giant Steps. 2008.
Format: Music CD, Polygram Records. Classic Jazz music CD. Despite their immense age difference, Cheatham and Payton find common ground in their shared affection for Louis Armstrong. Cheatham used to sub for Armstrong in Chicago in 1926, while Payton grew up in Armstrong's hometown of New Orleans and resembles the jazz giant physically as well as musically. Many of the Tin Pan Alley standards on this project are associated with Satchmo, and the two trumpeters focus on his buttery tone and precision phrasing rather than his pyrotechnics. Like his old friend, Cheatham is a singer as well as a trumpeter, and his graceful, romantic vocals on numbers such as "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" and "Save It Pretty Mama" show the way for the trumpet solos, which closely resemble the human voice. It bodes well for Payton's future that he adapts so instinctively to the past. --Geoffrey Himes