Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars

Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
  • CAT # MJFR-30433-25

    1. Be-Bop [Instrumental] 8:57
    2. Spoken Introduction to Romance
    3. Romance (Winter Love) 5:18
    4. Spoken Introduction to Squeeze Me
    5. Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me) 5:38
    6. Monterey Mist [Instrumental] 9:36
    7. Misty 6:39
    8. Benny's Tune [Instrumental] 8:12
    9. Band Introductions 1:06
    10. Time After Time 8:46

Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 2007 has garnered two 2008 Grammy nominations!

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo:
Terence Blanchard, Trumpet, for solo on "Be Bop"

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo:
James Moody, Tenor Saxophone, for solo on "Be Bop"

In the first non-archival recording released by Monterey Jazz Festival Records, the label documents the jazz of the present with Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 2007 by the Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars (MJF/50 All-Stars), an ensemble spanning three generations that performed at the festival's golden anniversary celebration in September 2007. Led by musical director/pianist Benny Green, the band comprises trumpeter Terence Blanchard, saxophonist James Moody, vocalist Nnenna Freelon, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Kendrick Scott.

"We wanted to put together a band of jazz artists who have a history with the festival," says MJF's general manager Tim Jackson. "We've had special all-star bands at Monterey throughout its history, but this is the first time we've recorded an all-star project for a CD and sent a band on the road."

The album features a range of jazz stylings, including bebop, music from Tin Pan Alley and thoroughly modern music. Included on the CD are Gerald Wilson's "Romance (Winter Love)," with new lyrics penned by Freelon, as well as the classic "Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me," that features Freelon and Moody scatting. Other numbers include "Be-Bop," "Benny's Tune," "Monterey Mist," "Misty" and "Time After Time."

Jackson assembled the group because of each member's special relationship with the festival as well as their ability to create a bridge between the jazz tradition and more contemporary fare. The elder statesman of the band, Moody, first appeared at Monterey in the early ‘60s with Dizzy Gillespie, while Green first experienced the festival when he was a member of the MJF all-star high school band that performed there in 1978. "Benny has an inherent view of the festival," says Jackson. "He has a good historical overview, his musical skills are excellent and he has a strong intuitive sense."

Blanchard was artistic director of the 2007 MJF and his drummer, Scott, was a member of the Berklee-Monterey Quartet from 1999-2002. Taken all together, the members of MJF/50 All-Stars have performed at the festival 28 times.

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