|In the Zone|
|első megjelenés éve: 2006|
|1. ||Young and Fine
|Jazz / Latin Jazz|
Ed Calle - Producer, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Jack Ciano - Drums
Jason Carder - Trumpet
Jim Gasior - Piano, Synthesizer
Lindsey Blair - Guitar
Rafael Valencia - Bass (Electric)
* Michael Fuller - Mastering
The live set In the Zone features Miami-based saxophonist Ed Calle doing exactly what he does best: unpretentious, smooth mainstream jazz played by a small electric combo. Its six lengthy tracks -- only the Vince Guaraldi-like cool ballad "Mockingbird," one of two originals, runs under ten minutes -- are tightly played, with disciplined and economical solos over effortless, slightly Latin-tinged grooves. The set list is heavy on standards, like the chestnut "Misty," Joe Zawinul's "Young and Fine," and a take on John Coltrane's "Impressions" that's highly respectful to the original. So In the Zone may not be the most adventurous of jazz records, and it's much more likely to appeal to fans of Grover Washington, Jr. than Ornette Coleman, but it's a solid and entertaining record that never condescends to its intended audience or panders to the crossover scene. At a time when the market share of pure jazz dwindles ever more, that's still a fine accomplishment.
---Stewart Mason, All Music Guide
Active Decades: '80s, '90s and '00s
Styles: Latin Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz
Born in Caracas of Spanish parents, Miami-based saxophonist Ed Calle owes his musical career to his father's love of music. When Calle and his family moved to America in 1966, his father suggested that Calle take some music classes. Calle picked tenor saxophone and took to it quickly, soon spending nearly all his free time practicing.
As a student at the University of Miami, Calle decided that music was his calling, and received a master's degree in jazz performance. Even before he left school, however, Calle played with artists like Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, and toured with performers such as Julio Iglesias and Bob James. Calle has also worked as a sideman for Arturo Sandoval, Jon Secada, Vanessa Williams, and Frank Sinatra, as well as contributing to television and movie soundtracks.
Along with his Latin roots, Calle's playing style is influenced by his love of mathematics--he also holds a bachelor's degree in math from Florida International University. Calle shares his technical background and heritage with the elementary school children he lectures as a traveling music teacher. His solo albums Nightgames (1986), Double Talk (1996), and Sunset Harbor (1999) also reflect his prowess and passion as a musician. The new millennium saw the release of Twilight (2001) on Concord Jazz.
---Heather Phares, All Music Guide
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