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Teach Me Tonight Angel Eyes Come Rain Or Come Shine You Make Me Feel So Young Don't Worry 'Bout Me Try A Little Tenderness If I Should Lose You Autumn in NY Street of Dreams
Customer Reviews (2)
- Classic ArrangementsReview by Jazz Weekly
He got my attention last year with a tribute to Charlie Parker CJ 32 with Strings, and another tribute to Clifford Brown with Strings CJ 6. How many artists today could pull THAT off?!? Now, he’s just released five, count ‘em, five new ones. Dig in!!!
Zottolla switches to alto sax as he gets together with a hip orchestra to do some charts that were inspired by Frank Sinatra’s vintage years at Capitol Records. There’s a wonderfully moody read of “Angel Eyes” that has Zottolla’s alto caress the melody, while “Autumn in New York” and” Come Rain or Come Shine” are filled with yearning passion. He can swoon like Johnny Hodges on “Teach Me Tonight” and sound like he’s telling you a hard luck story on “Street of Dreams.” Lyricism at its best. (Posted on 11/23/2015)
- "As Tasty As It Gets!"Review by Big Toots
The arranger’s task is a multi-dimensional one. He/she must develop an aural landscape that - as one certainly would for a great work of art - frame the subject appropriately, while never being so ornate as to distract or misrepresent. The greatest of arrangers, especially those who worked with Frank Sinatra – Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Billy May and others - also had the knack to present material which stimulates the soloist, urging him or her on and effectively simultaneously challenging artist and musicians. Ennui and complacency – whether actual or perceived - are the arrangers’ Satans and Hell on earth for musical artists.
With this superior and fascinating effort, multi-instrumentalist Glenn Zottola brazenly places himself in the “Sinatra spotlight,” performing a baseball team’s worth of Sinatra-affiliated tunes (“Teach Me Tonight,” “Angel Eyes,” “Street of Dreams”). Each selection was inspired by the actual arrangements and was impeccably transcribed – and performed same. It’s brilliant all around.
Zottola’s alto saxophone is a classic one – a throwback to when sonic beauty trumped technical wizardry and when melody reigned supreme. This is a lush, elegant send-up of the highest order. Zottola is a melody marvel, possessing that unique, indescribable element that only occurs when what is written on staff paper flows through the performer’s heart and soul and becomes a “feeling,” a “touch,” a “memory,” or “picture” in the listener’s mind. It’s magic, and Zottola has the wand with which to make it here. Voila!
(Posted on 8/13/2015)
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