The Boston Jazz Ensemble is an all-star group put together by award winning jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin. Boston has a jazz history that is long and legendary. When putting together this group Gerry chose the cream of the Boston jazz scene. Drummer Alan Dawson is best known for his stints with pianist Dave Brubeck and vibist Lionel Hampton but has performed with a who's who in the jazz world including Kenny Burrell, Tal Farlow, Ruby Braff, Dave McKenna,Scott Hamilton and a host of others. The three Boston Jazz Ensemble CD's also feature Alan on vibes. Pianist Paul Schmeling is the Chairman of the piano department at Berklee College Of Music. His performance credits range from vocalists Dakota Staton and Carol Sloan to Jackie McClean, Scott Hamilton, Ruby Braff and Herb Pomeroy. Bassist Bob Nieske is the jazz artist in residence at Brandeis University and a graduate of New England Conservatory. Jeff Stout from the Buddy Rich Band plays trumpet and flugelhorn and Rich Latielle leader of the legendary jump band Roomful Of Blues adds his Johnny Hodges influenced alto sax to this project. Leader,arramger and guitarist Gerry Beaudoin is a guitarist's guitarist having performed or recorded with John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins, Jimmy Bruno, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola. Ronnie Earl,Duke Robillard and J.Geils. He has also performed or recorded with Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Fred Lipius from the seminal jazz rock group Blood Sweat and Tears , Dick Johnson from the Artie Shaw Orchestra, legendary Kansas City pianist Jay McShann, Carol Sloan, and Jerry Portnoy from the Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton Bands. His 1998 recording Just Among Friends was " submitted for consideration for a Grammy nomination." He is a featured performer on the Mel Bay Productions DVD Cafe Benedetto and a member of the New Guitar Summit featuring Gerry alongside blues icon Duke Robillard and rock superstar Jay Geils from the J. Geils Band. In 1992 In A Sentimental Mood was released to critical acclaim and rave reviews. It recieved a Cadence Jazz Magazine Editors Choice Award and was soon followed by Sentimental Over You and Sentimental Christmas.
QUOTES ABOUT THIS RECORDING
" guitarist Gerry Beaudoin and pianist Paul Schmeling put you in mind of a Jim Hall-Bill Evans collaboration."
" An easy listening soft jazz album of real beauty. Recommended." JEFF BRADLEY, THE DENVER POST
" The Boston Jazz Ensemble treats each song with respect, but never kid gloves." KEN FRANCKLING PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
" In the age of hypenated musical genres, strange haircuts, the power of MTV and hype,hype,hype, this CD should get an award for having the guts to be simple,honest and true to itself. The mood is mellow but definitely not de-clawed or diluted.
THE ADVOCATE, HARTFORD CT
" I don't think the original composers of this fine music would hesitate to stand and applaud after listening to the fine renditions the Boston Jazz Ensemble have put together of their material. DISCOVERIES MAGAZINE
" Talk about a breath of fresh air. Flawless arrangements ( by Beaudoin) and performances are second nature to these folks." NEW ENGLAND PERFORMER MAGAZINE
" A real gem. I cannot recommend this CD ( IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD BY GERRY BEAUDOIN AND THE BOSTON JAZZ ENSEMBLE ) highly enough.
MORNING SENTINAL, WATERVILLE ME