Magazine article The New Yorker

His Way; Jazz Notes

Magazine article The New Yorker

His Way; Jazz Notes

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In the mid-seventies, when the brassman Warren Vache arrived on the New York scene straight out of Rahway, New Jersey, he and his sometime associate the saxophonist Scott Hamilton became eager poster boys for traditional jazz, upholding a prewar aesthetic untouched by bebop, let alone modal or free jazz. Today Vache's lyrical, unwaveringly melodic playing has transcended rigid notions of style and itself become classic.

His new album, "Don't Look Back" (Arbors), features a version of "Springsville" (here simply entitled "Spring"), a highlight of Miles Davis's 1957 masterpiece "Miles Ahead." Davis's work is notable for its sustained atmosphere of passionate introspection, and Vache achieves a similar muted yet piercing emotional tone. Recorded with a twelve-member string section called the Scottish Ensemble, "Don't Look Back" finds Vache gracefully playing his cornet alongside the Ensemble's quietly yearning tones. …

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