Feature CD Of The Week: The Verve Jazz Ensemble's "East End Sojourn"
For Release: April 14, 2014
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 4/13/2014
The Feature CD of the Week for this week is from The Verve Jazz Ensemble. It's titled
East End Sojourn, and is the follow-up to their 2013 debut release It's About Time, which was an immediate success.
Drummer Josh Feldstein is the leader of this high energy group, with John Blanck on
tenor, Tatum Greenblat on trumpet, Matt Oestreicher on piano, and Elias Bailey on
bass as the stable core. They feature bassist Chris Deangelis, pianist Steve Einerson,
and guitarist Peter Bernstein on three tunes each for an added kick to those tracks.
The group shares the chore of arrangement on the tunes on this album that is full
of memorable melodies that the group loves to play. This CD is presented with their
characteristic blend of swing, bebop, and post-bop sounds that are always entertaining
for listeners. We will all enjoy this feature.