VAUGHN NARK: "PANORAMA"
MIKE JOYCE - The Washington Post
Sunday, June 13, 2004
Vaughn Nark is cut from the same bolt as Maynard Ferguson
and Jon Faddis, trumpeters capable of commanding the high ground
with great verve and precision. So it's hardly news that "Panorama"
has its share of fireworks, such as the flaring cadenzas that
open "Over the Rainbow" and "All Blues."
Turn up the volume and you just might disturb the neighborhood
Certainly those who've grown fond of Nark's skywriting flair
will enjoy his take on "Work Song," and a red-hot,
white and blue version of "America" offers similar
pleasures. An Airmen of Note alum, Nark joins several of his
military-band buddies on the patriotic anthem, moving from blues
to flag-waver at the album's close.
Yet as its title suggests, "Panorama" offers a broad
view of Nark's musical interests and switch-hitting talents
-- he also plays fluegelhorn, baritone horn and valve trombone
here. Particularly enjoyable is "Cavatina," a minor-key
film theme from "The Deer Hunter." Quietly collaborating
with Rick Whitehead on acoustic guitar, Nark uses his flugelhorn
to imbue the melody with a soulful melancholy. Another comparatively
low-key highlight is "Lullaby of Broadway," which
features Nark, trombonist Dave Steinmeyer and alto saxist Pete
BarenBregge nimbly making their way through an engagingly lighthearted
arrangement. Likewise, the strings-enhanced "Crush on You,"
which boasts Nark's romantic croon and pianist Wade Beach's
melodic touch, offers a sharp contrast to the extroverted jazz-funk-rock-Latin
excursions -- performances that capitalize on the contributions
made by reedmen Tim Eyermann and Peter Fraize, bassist Tom Williams,
drummer Keith Kilgo and arranger Mike Crotty, among others.
Appearing Tuesday at Blues Alley.
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