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Simpler Times


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More jazz records should be like Sophisticated Lady Quartet—relaxed yet focused, tradition-based yet modern, elegant yet conveying a sure sense of swing. The recording is so pure that you almost feel as if you’re eavesdropping on four musicians who seem completely in their element while performing, in a one-take environment, a set that’s evenly split between previously rehearsed arrangements and performances where they had one chance to turn a composition into a memorable piece of music. No splicing or editing here—just a live-in-the-studio recording where the mood, playing and sonics are so solid that that jazz lovers will wish that the mostly-classical label Yarlung wandered over to this side of the street more often.
--Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound
The Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet’s debut recording should be of great interest to fans of forward-looking straight ahead jazz. Each of the four musicians is excellent both as soloists and in ensembles, the music that they perform ranges from melodic versions of standards to lyrical originals and freer explorations, and their subtle playing keeps one guessing. This CD is well worth exploring and I certainly recommend it.
--Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
Look out Brubeck, Sophisticated Lady's remarkable debut should perhaps be re-titled TAKE ONE. Why? Each tune was captured in one take!
The 60+ minute CD also celebrates Yarlung's audiophile venture into JAZZ with a splatter of Chet Baker's seductive, kicked-back Californication daubed with a drizzle of Miles at his mellowest.
No matter how busy your day, an evening spin through this one will definitely move your mood.
--David Thomson, Record Collector News
Facts
Item number YAR65006
Barcode 888174650067
Release date 9/25/2015
Category Contemporary Jazz
Label YARLUNG RECORDS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Ensemble Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Disc: 1
Bicycles00:09:00
1 Bicycles 00:09:17 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Simpler Times00:05:19
2 Simpler Times 00:05:19 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Bop Be00:05:00
3 Bop Be 00:05:26 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Stumbling00:06:00
4 Stumbling 00:05:35 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Los Barriles00:06:00
5 Los Barriles 00:06:29 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Blue Corn Moon00:02:00
6 Blue Corn Moon 00:02:18 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Hello My Name Is00:07:00
7 Hello My Name Is 00:06:52 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Left Coastin'00:05:00
8 Left Coastin' 00:05:21 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
For Sebastian00:02:56
9 For Sebastian 00:02:55 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Flutterby Girl00:08:00
10 Flutterby Girl 00:08:13 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Calamity Jane: Secret Love00:05:07
11 Secret Love 00:05:08 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
Sketches of a Melancholy Bass00:03:00
12 Sketches of a Melancholy Bass 00:03:03 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
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