【Pete Christlieb with the Lori Mechem Quartet - Live at the Jazz Cave】 (2007)★★★★

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ベテラン・テナー奏者、Pete Christlieb作にナシュビルのLori Mechem(p)が参加したアルバム。艶やかなワン・ホーンでスタンダードの数々をSwingin'に演奏していて、とってもリラックスできるアルバムです。お薦め!

(Personnel)
Pete Christlieb: tenor sax
Lori Mechem: piano
Andy Reiss: guitar
Roger Spencer: bass
Chris Brown: drums

1. Yours Is My Heart Alone
2. Limehouse Blues
3. You've Changed
4. When Lights Are Low
5. Turn Out The Stars
6. Only Trust Your Heart
7. We'll Be Together Again
8. The Song Is You
9. Day Dream

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[Review]
I fell head-over-heels in love with the tenor saxophone the first time I heard Zoot Sims play one, and my heart (thank goodness) has never quite recovered from the impact. These days I have two tenors of choice, one on each coast—Eric Alexander in the east, Pete Christlieb way out west. And the strange part is, about the only thing they have in common is that they both play the same horn. Alexander is a hard-line, straight-ahead, no-nonsense swinger from the Dexter Gordon/George Coleman (and Zoot Sims) school, whereas Christlieb dances nimbly and impulsively "on the edge, much like altoist Lee Konitz or the late Warne Marsh, and one seldom knows what avenue he may choose to explore or where the next phrase may lead him. Truth be told, Christlieb could play the phone book and make it sound intriguing. Christlieb doesn't play the phone book at the Nashville Jazz Workshop's Jazz Cave, but he's all over the tenor, as usual, in an electrifying live performance with the remarkably adept and supportive Lori Mechem Quartet. While there's no doubt that Christlieb is the headliner, Mechem and her colleagues are there when he needs them, conveying the impression that this was a well-rehearsed gig instead of a hastily planned session, occasioned by Christlieb's brief stopover in Nashville in April 2006. Mechem, in particular, is a real eye-opener. What a pianist with her singular talent is doing in Nashville is anyone's guess, but they're lucky to have her. She's not only an impressive soloist (who numbers among her influences Wynton Kelly, Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, Monty Alexander, Erroll Garner and Bill Evans), but a vigilant and perceptive accompanist who always finds the proper notes to underscore precisely Christlieb's impromptu acrobatics. Bassist Roger Spencer, drummer Chris Brown and rhythm guitarist Andy Reiss round out a splendid group that is by no means eclipsed or overawed by its celebrated guest star. The music chosen for the concert is for the most part well-known, consisting of half a dozen standards plus jazz evergreens by Evans ("Turn Out the Stars ) and Benny Carter ("When Lights Are Low, "Only Trust Your Heart"). Luckily, Christlieb is a peerless balladeer, as there are four on the menu, including the requisite encore, Ellington/Strayhorn's "Day Dream. The snappy flag-wavers are Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein's "The Song Is You and Franz Lehar's sunny opener, "Yours Is My Heart Alone. Speaking of alone, Christlieb devises a breathtaking unaccompanied cadenza on "We'll Be Together Again. In sum, this is a marvelous live performance, splendidly recorded with generous sixty-nine minute playing time. Don't be put off by the fact that Christlieb's companions are unknown; this is as sharp and stalwart a quintet as you are likely to encounter in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago or anywhere else. Track Listing: Yours Is My Heart Alone; Limehouse Blues; You ve Changed; When Lights Are Low; Turn Out the Stars; Only Trust Your Heart; We ll Be Together Again; The Song Is You; Day Dream.
By JACK BOWERS, All About Jazz
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=27587#.UJhjScXql8E

Album Notes
On April 18th and 19th of 2006, saxophonist Pete Christlieb and the Lori Mechem Quartet worked some palpable musical magic in the Jazz Cave at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. With virtually no rehearsal time (if you discount the couple of hundred years of collective musical experience in the group), they were able to produce this recording in front of live audiences. Christlieb’s jazz bona fides are without question. A twenty year veteran of the “Tonight Show” orchestra, thousands of hours of studio work and hundreds of jazz gigs, primarily on the West Coast, have given him the experience required to pull off a one shot live recording without breaking a sweat. A huge-toned tenor player with astounding technique, he is able to fill up a room with his sound. This is the 2nd CD from the Lori Mechem Quartet. The 2003 release "Shiny Stockings" was a tribute to the music and style of Count Basie. It reached #24 on the Jazz Charts and is still played weekly on "Jazz with Bob Parlocha", America's foremost syndicated jazz radio show. The quartet consists of Lori on piano, her husband Roger Spencer on bass, Chris Brown on drums and Andy Reiss on guitar. The sound of the quartet is reminiscent of the Basie rhythm section, primarily because of the Freddie Green style rhythm guitar and everyone's penchant for unrelenting swing. If you like straight ahead swingin' Jazz....... this one's for you!! 

[Bio]
From the 1970s through the 1990s, the sound of Pete’s tenor could be heard on television and motion picture sound tracks and recordings. The son of a famous bassoon player, Don Christlieb, Pete began his musical journey on the violin at age 7. At 12, he was introduced to the sounds of jazz through the recordings of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Johnny Griffin, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. The violin was replaced by the tenor sax, but not without opposition. At 17, Pete enrolled in the Greyhound school of music through his association with the bands of Si Zentner, Woody Herman, Louis Bellson and even a short but delightful stint with Count Basie. Pete is also well known for his 20 year stint with Johnny Carson's Tonight Show Band. Today he can be heard with his wife, Linda Small, in their recently formed 10 piece group, The Tall and Small Band, and their quintet Tall & Small. Pete can also be heard with his own quartet, and with the Bill Holman Orchestra, both live and on CD. Electing to follow in his father’s footsteps as a studio musician, Pete has played in the wind section on the Star Trek shows, and has had featured solos on CDs like Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Most recently Pete can be heard on the TV show Family Guy and with the Ron Jones Orchestra. During this long career, Pete has maintained a healthy interest in drag racing and is the proud owner of two national championships for Blown Alcohol Dragsters. Some people will do anything to avoid practicing the clarinet!