Archive for July 13th, 2021

Wayne Alpern – Frankenstein

FrankensteinThe title and cover of this album are eccentric not only for a jazz album. Nevertheless, it is ingenious to name a jazz album Frankenstein. It’s understandable when you recognize Wayne Alpern’s approach. Wayne is a master at breathing new life into familiar tunes from whatever genre.

The New York based composer, arranger and scholar is very well known among critics, judging by the numerous reviews. His ideas are implemented by well-known musicians, who are listed in detail under Credits.

The album opens with a cover of Carole King’s You Got A Friend. A song of timeless beauty whose message and melody touches the heart. At the beginning you don’t recognize the song, but the voice of the announcer seems familiar. Then the winds set in and the well-known melody miraculously crystallizes.

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