Behind each of the countless versions of jazz standards, there is an arranger. Just as a storyteller relates a folktale again and again, a good arranger tells age-old stories in new and interesting ways. Placing the song in different contexts and sometimes, writing a new chapter in jazz’s history. Adding a fresh contour to the ever-stretching melody.
The arranger is the subject of these ten tracks. Gil Evans’s bandleader work is represented by Moon Taj. And Basie’s impeccable leadership on Whirly-Bird is augmented by Neal Hefti’s brilliant arrangement. The masters of the art - Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington - are both present and accounted for. And the fabulous orchestrations on Chet Baker’s '& Strings' and Charlie Parker’s 'With Strings', sit alongside Sinatra’s The Night We Called It A Day and Louis Armstrong’s and Ella Fitzgerald’s Moonlight On Vermont. Tunes where the performers and the arrangers aligned perfectly.
Irish musician Steve Wall is currently appearing in cinemas portraying the last days of Chet Baker in the feature film My Foolish Heart.