May I interrupt this review for just a moment to mention that Oliver Jones just announced that he will retire from music on the last day of 1999. He'll be missed.
Back to Five Play! The group includes Sherrie Maricle - drums, Karoline Strassmayer - alto & flute, Laura Dreyer - alto & flute, Lorraine Demarais - piano and Nicki Parrotti - bass. Anyone who has heard the Diva Big Band will anticipate that this quintet just has to give a fine performance.
The selections are varied in time and style. Thirteen tunes are included with such standards as I'll Get By, I've Got The World On a String, How Deep Is The Ocean and How Insensitive. There are pieces written by jazz musicians such as Kenny Dorham's "Shifting Down", Zoot Sims' "Momma Flossie" and John Scofield's "Some Nerve". Way back in 1939, bandleader Frankie Masters penned the tune "Scatterbrain" with the capable assistance of Johnny Burke and others. It was a hokey song and became a minor hit for both Frankie Masters and Freddy Martin. Sherrie and her group turned the old turkey into a very respectable jazz performance.
A very nice medley style tribute to Frank Sinatra is a bonus and includes I'm a Fool To Want You, In The Wee Small Hours and This love Of Mine. This CD is guaranteed to please all the mainstreamers among us. I got quite a chuckle out of the clever name "Five Play". I wonder what they'll call the quartet!