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Jazz Titans: The Classic Jazz Trio

The music on Jazz Titans, recorded in 1991 and never previously released, features consistently exciting playing by Glenn Zottola (doubling on Trumpet and Alto Sax) and pianist Mark Shane, as well as Mark Manaitt playing quietly supportive drums. These three came together to form the Classic Jazz Trio in 1991; shortly thereafter, they recorded the music on this CD, and toured England. "Mark and I were doing a European tour with Peanuts Hucko's sextet," remembers Glenn, "and this recording came about right after that tour. When I was with Benny Goodman a few years earlier, I always wondered what it would have felt like to be in his famous bass-less trio with Gene Krupa and Teddy Wilson, but on Trumpet rather than Clarinet. The band allowed me to get that experience."


"This was the first time that we ever got together as a trio," remembers Glenn. "There were no written charts. We just played the music we loved; it was very spontaneous. We did a cross section of classic jazz from Louis up to Charlie Parker, and we did it our own way without using a bass. It is a culmination of what is sometimes called the golden age of Jazz."

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Jubilee Those Foolish Things Yardbird Suite There Is No Greater Love I Cant Believe That You're In Love With Me Whispers In The Dark Polka Dots and Moonbeams 2:19 Blues After You've Gone If I Had You Spring Cleaning Soon The Love Nest Memories Of You Whispering Whispers In The Dark

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Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Glenn Zottola, Mark Shane, Mark Maniatt
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer The Classic Jazz Trio
Accompanist/ Conductor Various
SKU CJ02

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Midwest Book ReviewReview by James A. Cox
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The music on "Jazz Titans", recorded in 1991 and never previously released, features consistently exciting playing by Glenn Zottola (doubling on Trumpet and Alto Sax) and pianist Mark Shane, as well as Mark Manaitt playing quietly supportive drums. These three came together to form the Classic Jazz Trio in 1991; shortly thereafter, they recorded the music on this CD, and toured England. A truly memorable listening experience, this is a flawless production is once again made available to a whole new generation of jazz enthusiasts. "Jazz Titan" showcasing The Classic Jazz Trio is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library American Jazz collections. It should be noted that "Jazz Titan" is also available in an MP3 format ($8.99). (Posted on 12/15/2015)
Heavenly Swing!!Review by Big Toots
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In Greek Mythology, the “Titans” were extremely powerful divine beings surpassed in their eminence only by the Gods themselves. With this marvelously entertaining effort, multi-instrumentalist – and supremely talented - Glenn Zottola, superb pianist, Mark Shane and ever-so-tasteful drummer, Mark Manaitt - “The Classic Jazz Trio” - deliver a 16-selection mainstream jazz lightning bolt. Covering selections associated with artists on the Mt. Olympus of jazz – Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker and others – Zottola and his bass-less brethren let it all fly in this hot session.
A truly gifted musician of Herculean abilities, Zottola steps up brilliantly on both trumpet and saxophone – and nails both. That’s no easy task. His melodic and improvisational stylings on the trumpet are spectacular as he shades the great Louis Armstrong. One can easily tell that Zottola is an attentive student and “ear” of the Armstrong legacy. Blowing all-to-the-wall, he soars high and low (“Jubilee,” “I Can’t Believe that You’re in Love with Me,” “After You’ve Gone”). Simultaneously, his alto work channels both that other trumpet-sax genius, Benny Carter and Bebop great, Charlie Parker (“Yardbird Suite,” “Whispering”). Pianist Mark Shane is absolutely ideal in this wonderful Swing vein (“Whispers in the Dark,” “If I Had You”), displaying obvious salutes to Teddy Wilson, Earl “Fatha” Hines, et al. There’s elegance as well as heat here, too (“Polka Dots and Moonbeams”). Drummer Manaitt is shrewdly “there but not there” as he supports but never intrudes on the swingfest – and, festive it certainly is.
While The Classic Jazz Trio is salutes “Jazz Titans,” with this heavenly recording the appellation certainly could also apply to its very mighty performers.
(Posted on 4/23/2015)
Jazz Titans: The Classic Jazz TrioReview by Simon Sez
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Remember Glenn Zottola? He was one of the top swing trumpeters of the 1980s but pretty much disappeared from jazz after that, leading the band that worked with Suzanne Somers for years before he retired altogether until recently. His playing on this wonderful set shows just what jazz lost.
Although the music on this CD may not seem old enough to be “classic jazz” since it is from 1991, the playing is so brilliant that it could have been considered classic five minutes after it was played. It is taken from a concert and had never been released before. Glenn Zottola is heard on trumpet and alto while joined by pianist Mark Shane and a quiet drummer. Shane will remind some of Teddy Wilson in this setting while Zottola sounds like himself with hints of Louis Armstrong. His playing on a surprisingly hot version of “If I Had You,” an emotional “Memories Of You” and “Jubilee” shows just how major a musician he was at the time.

Simon Sez: Remember trumpeter Glenn Zottola? The Classic Jazz Trio (CJ02) by the Jazz Titans has plenty of exciting swing from 1991.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
Review by Great Work
Great Music (Posted on 1/30/2013)
Review by Ray
i love this album (Posted on 1/30/2013)

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