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Mac Gollehon takes us on a trip down memory lane, playing great jazz from the past
with new arrangements while keeping the integrity of the music intact!
A jack of all trades and a master of everything. --All About Jazz
1. Violets for Your Furs
3. Two Sleepy People
4. Brother Can you Spare a Dime
5. Gloomy Sunday
6. Oddyssey of Nostalgia
7. Just a Giglio
8. Dirtynogooder Blues
9. Nobody Knows You When You re Down and Out
10. Over the Rainbow
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December 20, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Ten tracks of tranquil jazz totaling 46 minutes make for a fine addition to the many releases of New York-based trumpet and trombone player Mac Gollehon. The trip down memory lane taps some classic gems that we typically associate with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw, Hoagy Carmichael, and Bessie Smith. Based on his original title cut, I found it a little strange that Gollehon calls his journey an "oddyssey." I'm assuming that he intentionally misspelled the word "odyssey" to make a bit of a funny, original, unconventional statement regarding his swinging song (featuring the muted trumpet) that actually sounds like it could've been written and played years ago. Instrumental support is thoughtful and delicate, going on intimate at times....perfect for an album of sweet, contemplative remembrances without too much melancholy. Besides Gollehon, other players include Melvin Sparks (guitar), Ronnie Cuber (baritone sax, flute), Amina Claudine Myers (organ), Warren Smith (drums), Bill Easley (clarinet, alto sax), Ron McClure (bass), and Junior Vega (congas). A few of cuts include the silky smooth vocalizing of Olga Merediz ("Gloomy Sunday") or Amina Claudine Myers ("Dirtynogooder Blues" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"). It might've also been good to also include singing on one or two others like "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" and "Violets For Your Furs." But this is an album where the trumpet was meant to be on center stage, and in the latter number Gollehon fully succeeds in making his instrument reminiscent of the innovative and influential voice, phrasing and emotional intensity of Billie Holiday. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Review)
January 13, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This CD showcases the brilliant writing and virtuosic playing of Mac Gollehon. Sweet Flugelhorn and muted trumpet solos, great colors, artistic treatments to some of the great songs from the american songbook including a few ultra hip originals! Beautiful swinging vocal phrasing by Vocalist Amina! Tasteful creative jazz solos from the group! Mac has assembled an all-star line up of seasoned musicians to truly create a new fresh spin on Nostalgic repertoire! Bravo!
July 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Oddyssey of Nostalgia touches on some deep depression-era gems that maintain relevance today. Mac really did a wonderful job in revisiting tracks such as Brother Can You Spare A Dime (his brooding rendition was a standout for me). This disc is certainly worthy of a listen.
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