Wayne Alpern is reviewed by Jazzweekly with Skeleton

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Wayne Alpern


Wayne Alpern: Skeleton







Composer and arranger Wayne Alpern lets his pen do the talking on these bold and brass fed charts. The rhythm team of Billy Test/p, Evan Grebor/b and Josh Bailey/dr is fronted by the two trumpets of Sam Hoyt and David Smith as well as six, count ‘em, six trombones in the hands of Noah Bless, Mike Boschen, Michael Davis, Nick Grinder, Jason Jackson, Matt McDonald and James Rogers. There’s more sliding here than an instructional video by Rickey Henderson or Lou Brock!

The mix works surprisingly well, most of all when the drums sit out and the brass give a type of doo-wopping street corner symphony on the finger snapping “Blue Moon,” a funky “I’m Old Fashioned” and a peek a blue plunger on the Wizard Of Oz piece “If I Only Had A Brain.”

There are more ‘bones than a chiropractic convention on the disco grooved “Domino” and the gents show how to bebop on Charlie Parker’s “Anthropology.” You get a vaudevillian mood on the herky jerking “Blue Bones” and rich sonorities blend well on “Take Five” and the delicate “Handle With Care.” This brass album shines with gold!


Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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