The fourth album from Beatle Jazz is consistent with the group’s three prior releases in concept and vision, presenting inventive jazz arrangements of the most beloved music of the 20th century. Brian Melvin and Dave Kikoski create a beautiful new standard for the music of The Beatles.
The basic trio consists of Brian, Dave and Larry Grenadier. Again, the trio has enlisted a little help from their friends, who happen to be some of the most respected names in jazz, and whose stellar contributions help lift this CD to another level. The unparalleled Toots Thielemans (harmonica), celebrated West African Verve artist Richard Bona (bass and vocals) and esteemed Blue Note artist Joe Lovano (saxophone) all provide memorable guest performances.
The repertoire choices are outstanding. The results are totally refreshing, full of musical virtuosity, but remaining true to the essence of each song.
Expect jazz radio to embrace it, a Top 1- level as with the three prior Beatle Jazz albums. Expect the critics to endorse it. Each Beatle Jazz release is certainly “getting better all the time” and this fourth installment is no exception. It is essential listening for Beatles and jazz fans alike.