Congressional Roll Call
Reviews of Scott Reeves' 'Congressional Roll Call' "Congressional Roll Call," even as it remains highly accessible, presents the sophisticated and challenging insights of a trombonist whose vision, years in the making, has culminated in brilliance, burnished, musically expressed." - Don Williamson "Jazz Review.com" "This is an edifying CD project presenting artistry, expressive original music, people who are destined to play with musical camaraderie. Suffice it to say Reeves' performance on trombone and flugel are flawless as is the aesthetic of the combined group. This group has paid it's dues. They are all true classic exponents of our beloved jazz genre. - George Caroll "The Musicians' Ombudsman" "...they have captured the essence of jazz. Reeves has found his voice and has brought new instruments into the realm of jazz. This record is a worthy addition to any collection." - Ethan Gutzeit "Jazz Improv magazine" "Reeves' playing is as compelling as the wide range of styles demonstrated in his compositions. The program is excellently paced, providing continuously interesting and fresh music. It is truly a pleasure to hear from this proficient and prolific jazz educator." - Thomas Pfotenhauer "International Trumpet Guild Journal" "Reeves, a fine modern jazz trombonist, most impressively proves even more sure-footed and flexible on the alto flugelhorn. These are unsentimental performances that avoid cliché..." - Steve Armour "International Trombonists Association Journal" Album Notes: Scott Reeves is a New York-based trombonist, alto flugelhornist, composer, author and college jazz educator. A Chicago native, he received his Masters degree in Jazz Studies at Indiana University and since 1976 has been teaching jazz at the university level. Currently he is a Professor of Music at The City College of New York and also teaches at the acclaimed Juilliard School of Music. Scott's recent performing credentials include work at New York jazz clubs such as Birdland and the Knitting Factory with the Dave Liebman Big Band and the Chico O'Farrill Orchestra. He has recorded or played with saxophonist Anthony Braxton, Herb Pomeroy, Clark Terry, George Garzone, Rich Perry, Jerry Bergonzi, Ron Carter, John Patitucci and Pete LaRoca. Scott's two books, Creative Jazz Improvisation and Creative Beginnings have been adopted by leading universities in the U.S. and Europe. His compositions for large jazz ensemble have been performed by the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra at Merkin Hall in NYC. For 'Congressional Roll Call' Scott has assembled a group of some of the most prominent jazz artists in New York. Pianist Kenny Werner is known for his work with Joe Lovano and the Vanguard Orchestra, and was recently nominated for a Grammy for his recording with Toots Theilman. Bill Mobley is one of the top call New York trumpeters. Pianist James Williams was musical director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Elvin Jones's Quintet. Bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Guillotti comprise two-thirds of the legendary Boston free jazz group, The Fringe. The CD features three latin jazz selections, the standard 'Speak Low' and originals 'Ciao Luna' and 'Saudado.' Free interplay marks the performance of the title track 'Congressional Roll Call,' while 'You Are What You Think' features Scott's alto flugelhorn in a meditative chant floating over an Australian didgeridoo drone. An uptempo version of the standard 'Spring Is Here' brings the CD to an exciting conclusion.