By Spencer Wilking
By Christina Black
By Calum Marsh
By J. Pablo
By Phillip Mlynar
By Jenna Sauers
By Brian McManus
By Elliott Sharp
From This Moment On
The ClaytonHamilton Jazz Orchestra doesn't split the difference between Billy May and Nelson Riddle so much as aggregate the virtues of each, but they're no more useful than May and Riddle without a commanding singer. And Krall, who's always been able to put over a song, exerts the necessary authority. And if songs like "Come Dance With Me" and "It Could Happen to You" invite Sinatra comparisons, she's up for that too. A MINUS
The rhythm section tracks Basie's legends well enoughMickey Roker for Jo Jones, Jay Leonhart for Walter Page, John Bunch for the Countand Pizzarelli can certainly keep the engine humming. But Green was famous for never taking a solo, which leaves the guitarist in need of someone else for the spotlight. Enter Warren Vaché as Sweets Edison, even lighter on cornet, just enough voice to focus these old swing warhorses, and totally at home. A MINUS
DUD OF THE MONTH
Warren Vaché and the Scottish Ensemble
Don't Look Back
Fronting a phalanx of strings has been a stock dream of virtuosos since before Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins, but few have made anything interesting out of the opportunitytwo exceptions are Stan Getz's Focus, because of the futurist strings, and Art Pepper's Winter Moon, in spite of them. Vaché might have fared relatively well hereas he has in such intimate settings as his Bill Charlap duet 2Getherbut the 12-strong, baroque-rooted Scottish Ensemble is dead weight. B MINUS
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