Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|The Trotter Trio, Terry Trotter, Lanny Morgan|
Company ... In Jazz
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Stephen Sondheim music without lyrics? Sacrilege! Actually, while it's true that "Another Hundred People" without its frenetic words ends up more relaxed than it has any right to be (never mind "Getting Married Today," whi... more »
Stephen Sondheim music without lyrics? Sacrilege! Actually, while it's true that "Another Hundred People" without its frenetic words ends up more relaxed than it has any right to be (never mind "Getting Married Today," which isn't even attempted), Terry Trotter's jazz arrangements of Sondheim's shows are extremely tasteful and a pleasure to listen to. In this recasting of the groundbreaking Company, the trio brings out the lovely lyric lines of "Sorry-Grateful" and "Barcelona," while "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" ends up as straight-ahead bebop with Lanny Morgan making a guest appearance on alto sax. This recording is extremely easy on the ear, especially without the original recording's trademark '70s organ sound, but to call it "easy listening" would seem an injustice. --David Horiuchi
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So-so? Why so-so?
John Connors | Succasunna, NJ | 07/18/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's reviews like these that make me wonder if I have the stuff, so to speak, to be a critic. A huge Sondheim fan, and an unabashed admirer of the Trotter Trio's ...In Jazz series (especially Passion . . . in Jazz and Star Wars . . .in Jazz)I can still not clarify exactly what it is about this disc that I don't like. Now, don't get me wrong, it's certainly worthwhile for the Sondheim enthusiast. As always, the Trio's musicianship is solid and the song selection is well-thought out. The music itself, it would seem, would also make for an excellent jazz CD. So why does this one leave me a little cold? I'm not sure, but something in the arrangements, whether it's too much faithfulness to the originals (a trait that Passion . . . in Jazz most definitely did not have) or something else that my untrained-in-Jazz ears cannot discern, something is indeed missing from this disc. For Sondheim or Company fanatics - a must have, of course. For the curious - I'd pass"