Outside In, 2020
You certainly wouldn’t think that this is trombonist and vocalist Seth Weaver’s debut album, as the composer brings a 17 piece swing orchestra with him here and they deliver 5 originals and 3 standards with plenty of precise instrumentation.
“The Hudson”, a Weaver original, opens the listen with woodwinds and brass working together as swing sounds and melody flow in spades, and “What If” glides with a timeless big band feel amid Weaver’s charming pipes.
Elsewhere, “Here’s That Rainy Day” has Weaver showcasing his strong vocal prowess on the classic tune as Addison Frei handles piano duties, while “Frost” illustrates strong harmonies alongside proficient trombone from Weaver.
Closer to the end, “On A Clear Day” recruits blues ideas as Sam Dillon contributes tenor saxophone with a keen sense of rhythm, and “It Could Happen To You” finishes out the listen with a flurry of horns in the calculated chaos of the thrilling exit.
Weaver is no stranger to winning awards with his craft, and he’s got a lengthy history in the area of academics in music as well. Now he can add composer of a fine jazz record to his impressive resume, too.