Richmond Times-Dispatch September 1, 2014
The Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra describes itself as “not your grandfather’s big band!” Maybe so, but if Granddad liked Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Artie Shaw, then he would like the Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra, too. If Poppa heard Peanuts Hucko play at Denver’s Navarre, he would approve — and brag about his grandkids.
The ensemble, which ranks among the region’s premier performing arts groups, has released a new CD.
The title, “Standards — Our Way,” describes the content. The tracks summon sensations that of all music forms jazz most ably imparts. A rundown of the tunes alerts listeners of the pleasures to come: “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Falling in Love with Love,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Stormy Weather” and similarly seductive others. The orchestra’s players do justice to the composition of the genre’s greats.
Jazz evokes memories. Numbers heard for the first time return fans to midnights long ago. Jazz is the musical equivalent of genuine déjà vu. The recording enjoyed the backing of W.E. Singleton, the benefactor not only of Virginia Commonwealth University’s jazz program but also of jazz generally. He shares his passion.
We love this CD. As soon as it ends, we hit the replay button.
Contact www.cvjazz.com to learn more about this group. Stay cool.