Adolph Sandole (bs), Dennis Sandole (g), John La Porta (as, cl), Art Farmer, Louis Mucci (tp), Sonny Russo (tb), Teo Macero (ts), George Barrow, Sol Schlinger (bs), Al Del Governatore, Wally Cirillo (p), Wendell Marshall, Milt Hinton (b), Clem DeRosa (d), Sandole Brothers
Reference: FSRCD 1066
Bar code: 8427328610667
Fresh Sound Records presents:
Rare and Obscure Jazz Albums
A CD series created for the most discerning jazz collectors
· Hard to find albums in Collector's Edition
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art, Liner Notes
· Complete Personnel Details
· Hi Fi Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit
Modern Music from Philadelphia
Operating solely on an artistic basis, The Brothers Sandole band was not a commercial venture, but a band decidedly different, daring and experimental. Dennis and Adolph Sandole were music teachers in Philadelphia, who actually wanted to keep teaching but felt that their music was completely original, and so harmonically different in scope that it deserved to be heard on its own merits. The dense, full character of its original figures gave the unit a distinct big band sound, and all the improvisation fits into a well-written pattern. Four of the ten scores presented here are by Dennis, two of them so concise they are over in amatter of seconds; the rest are by Adolph. All compositions by the Sandole brothers are actually cleverly planned pictures, and flawlessly performed. You'll find the entire album to be a rewarding experience, but unfortunately, it was the only one they recorded. A must-have for any jazz collector.
John La Porta was a most skilled musician and teacher. He was always looking for new forms of expression, and maybe that is why he was often misunderstood. His distinctive approach to jazz was never casual, and his album Conceptions might be the most pristine reflection of his ideas. His objective was to obtain the widest possible variety of colors, dynamics and moods by using various combinations of instruments. All the writing here is by La Porta except for Juan Tizol's Perdido. The Septet compositions offer awider set of colors to work with and a wider ensemble sound, setting a good line and a developing, satisfying structure. The Quartet sides provide for a more virtuoso type of playing and rhythmic experimentation, difficult to handle in a larger group. The Duets are five very short dialogues between La Porta, alto sax, and Louis Mucci, trumpet, and provide humorous divertissements between the longer compositions. Throughout these performances, La Porta plays alto sax and clarinet with strength, beauty and consistency, Mucci is shown as a careful trumpeter with a beautiful tone and lyrical feeling, while the underrated pianist Wally Cirillo also has several fine passages.
"In a perfect world, John La Porta would be much better known. But regrettably, many jazz enthusiasts are unaware of his work. After the '50s, he did little recording, and over the years much of his catalog has been out of print. On his album 'Conceptions,' La Porta has a variety of talented musicians to choose from -- the participants include trumpeter Louis Mucci, trombonist Sonny Russo, pianist Wally Cirillo, bassist Wendell Marshall, drummer Clem DeRosa, and two baritone saxophonists: George Barrow and Sol Schlinger. La Porta (who is heard on alto sax and clarinet) keeps things interesting by using different combinations of players on different songs; the listener doesn't know from one selection to the next whether La Porta is going to lead a septet, quartet, or duo. But whoever La Porta is featuring, the performances are relevant to the third stream movement as well as cool jazz (which was basically a laid-back approach to bebop). Third stream enthusiasts will respect La Porta's classical-influenced arrangements, and cool jazz aficionados will appreciate his tasteful use of subtlety, restraint, and understatement. These performances are swinging, but not in an aggressive, forceful way -- in the '50s, La Porta demonstrated that an improviser didn't have to play hard bop in order to swing. For those who have never experienced the pleasures of La Porta's playing and arranging, 'Conceptions' would be an excellent starting point."
Alex Henderson —All Music Guide
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