Monday, May 17, 2010

Review -- NICK la RIVIERE -- Too Much To Do

Nick la Riviere

Nick la Riviere plays the trombone, and he plays it very well.
The guy has a flare, which makes the music simply a joy to listen to.
The opening cut is Inspiration, and the title fits the mood of the music completely. This is a song of joy, of excitement, of well, inspiration.
The album includes four original efforts by la Riviere, and that is always exciting on a jazz album, to see where an artist can take the music. Here the artist does excellent work. The Streets is one of his best here.
Five others are jazz standards, such as Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring, and Weaver of Dreams from Young and Elliot. The latter is a beautiful piece on the disk.
The nine pieces cover 71-minutes of music, and that is a lot of fine music in this case.
La Riviere is complimented by a rhythm section which includes Ross Taggart, Jodi Proznick and Jesse Cahill.
A nice addition to the album is a string section, provided by Cam Wilson, Julian Vitek and Peggy Lee.
The combination of strings and rhythm sections as background add a compliment to la Riviere’s trombone and gives the music a richness. There is a big band element here.
This disk is certainly a wonderful example of jazz trombone, and will find favour with lovers of the instrument, or fans of just plain good jazz.
This is one to look for folks. Totally enjoyable.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 5, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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