Patrick Williams – Home Suite Home

Artists are known to dedicate a song or two to loved ones. Musician, composer and arranger Patrick Williams takes the idea a step further – perhaps two steps. Home Suite Home (BFM Jazz, 2015) is a star-studded album, with several songs written for members of Williams’ family.

The orchestra consists of Dave Grusin, piano; Chuck Berghofer, bass; Peter Erskine, drums; Dean Parks, guitar; Dan Higgins and Jeff Driskill, alto saxophones; Bob Sheppard and Tom Scott, tenor saxophones; Gene Cipriano, baritone saxophone; Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Bob Summers and Michael Stever, trumpets; Charlie Loper, Andy Martin and Bob McChesney, trombones; Craig Cosnell, bass trombone; and Dan Grecco, percussion. Vocalists Patti Austin, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Tierney Sutton make appearances.

Austin joins the cast on “52nd and Broadway.” This is a lively, swinging tune. Austin sings with joy and verve, and injects a little scat. It’s a terrific show opener.

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