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Jazz Record Art Collective - Mardra & Reggie Thomas Ensemble - Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Ad


Chris Anderson, manager of the Green Mill Jazz Club, continues alliance with Joe Lanasa, director of the Fulton Street Collective producing Jazz Record Art Collective a monthly series providing local musicians and visual artists alike an opportunity to collaborate and pay homage to iconic Jazz artists.

Wednesday, July 20th the Mardra & Reggie Thomas Ensemble performed the Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley album from 1961.

Here are some photos from the evening take by photographer Harvey Tillis

Photos are property of Harvey Tillis and Tillis & Tillis, Inc

“An excellent collaboration of Nancy Wilson's voice with Cannonball Adderley's alto sax from the early '60s…Not entirely a vocal album, five of the 12 cuts are instrumentals. A highlight is the gentle cornet playing of Nat Adderley behind Wilson, especially on "Save Your Love for Me" and "The Old Country." Cannonball Adderley's swinging, boppish sax is heard to excellent effect throughout. Joe Zawinul's work behind Wilson on "The Masquerade Is Over" demonstrates that he is a talented, sensitive accompanist...On the other end of the spectrum, Adderley's alto offers a lovely slow tempo treatment of the Vernon Duke-Ira Gershwin masterpiece "I Can't Get Started." To keep the listeners on their musical toes, the first couple of bars of "Save Your Love for Me" are quotes from "So What" from the Miles Davis Sextet's seminal Kind of Blue session. Given the play list and the outstanding artists performing it, why any serious jazz collection would be without this classic album is difficult to comprehend.”

~Dave Nathan

Mardra & Reggie Thomas Ensemble are:

Mardra Thomas - Vocals

Reggie Thomas - Piano

Geof Bradfield - Sax

Zeb Briskovich - Bass

Tim Davis - Drums

"The Jazz Record Art Collective," occurs the third Wednesday of every month at the Fulton Street Collective, located at 1821 W. Hubbard St. Each month, Anderson and Lanasa introduce a new lineup of jazz musicians, painters, and photographers, responding to a different record and musician.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10.

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