All About Jazz 2013-04-27: By EDWARD BLANCO, CD/DVD Reviewer since 2005.
Ed, a jazz fan for 35 years, hosts a jazz radio program at WDNA 88.9 FM.
In 2006 drummer Josh Feldstein established the Verve Jazz Ensemble, a
contemporary jazz group playing standards and straight ahead material in the
finest venues throughout the Connecticut area... The Verve
Jazz Ensemble delivers quite an attention-grabbing first effort drawing
inspiration for an encore performance... An all-around solid performance from
the Verve Jazz Ensemble, Feldstein and group lay down one impressive recording
with It's About Time making the wait well worth it.
See: All About Jazz, Jazz Reviews (April 27, 2013).
VERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE / It's About Time: Here's a bunch of young lions that have
put in their time and are now serving up totally awesome results. They aren't in
the tradition, they are right in the pocket. Showing how retro can be a very good
thing when you can't improve on perfection, this sounds like those Jai & Kai
dates you found cleaning out your grandparents basement that had you
wondering how they were once so hip and you never knew it. Smoking,
contemporary mainstream jazz that is just so right you almost won't be able to
stand it—-in a good way. Hot stuff that really delivers.
Volume 37/Number 149
March 30, 2013
Love [It's About Time] more each time I hear this. Well chosen material and
very talented players.
Everyone should be able to play this CD. -Jack Hoope, WWNO New Orleans.