Scott Reeves has crafted a masterpiece...The music is exciting, even thrilling...
New York composer, trombonist & alto flugelhornist Scott Reeves' Jazz Orchestra has been hard at work since 2008, but it was only in 2016 with the release of the group's debut recording, "Portraits and Places," that a wider audience was offered a peek at Reeves' broad and sophisticated talents. With outstanding New York musicians, including saxophonists Steve Wilson and Tim Armacost, pianist Jim Ridl and vocalist Carolyn Leonhart, Scott's music offers an inspired approach to big band writing, combining a contemporary harmonic palette and non-traditional forms with infectious, swinging grooves and great soloing by world-class jazz artists. "Without a Trace" features arrangements of standards such as Kurt Weill's "Speak Low," and "All or Nothing At All," along with Wayne Shorter's "Juju", and then four Reeves originals, including "Something for Thad," a tribute to the great Thad Jones. "...a keen ear for melody, harmony and counterpoint...his compositions are sophisticated yet accessible, his arrangements scrupulously burnished and invariably engaging." - ALL ABOUT JAZZ.
1. Speak Low (6:54) comp. Kurt Weill, arr. Scott Reeves
2. Without a Trace (7:38, Reebone Music, BMI) comp & arr. Scott Reeves
3. All or Nothing at All (7:22) comp. Arthur Altman, arr. Scott Reeves
4. Incandescence (6:53, Reebone Music, BMI) comp. & arr. Scott Reeves
5. JuJu (5:46, Miyako Music, BMI) comp. Wayne Shorter, arr. Scott Reeves
6. Shapeshifter (8:32, Reebone Music, BMI) comp. & arr. Scott Reeves
7. Something for Thad (6:45, Reebone Music, BMI) comp. & arr. Scott Reeves
Scott Reeves - conductor, trombone (3), alto flugelhorn (6)
Steve Wilson - soprano/alto saxes, flute
Vito Chiavuzzo - alto sax, flute
Rob Middleton - tenor sax, clarinet
Tim Armacost - tenor sax
Jay Brandford - bari sax (5-7)
Terry Goss - bari sax (1-4)
Seneca Black - lead trumpet
Nathan Eklund - trumpet
Chris Rogers - trumpet (1-4)
Bill Mobley - trumpet (5-7)
Andy Gravish - trumpet
Tim Sessions - lead trombone
Matt McDonald - trombone
Matt Haviland - trombone
Max Siegel - bass trombone
Jim Ridl- piano
Dave Ellson - vibes (4)
Todd Coolman - bass
Andy Watson - drums
Carolyn Leonhart - vocals (2)
Produced by Scott Reeves
Recording Engineer: Paul Special. Assistant engineers: Dawid Arciszewski, Michael Paliocha, Johnathan Wright, Avi Greenstein, Matthew DeSimonea
The Sonic Arts Center, City College of New York, NYC
January, 2015 & January, 2017
Mixed by Brian Montgomery at Brian Montgomery Studio, Astoria, NY
Mastered by Michael MacDonald at AlgoRhythms Mastering, Sante Fe, NM
Photographs by Chris Dukker, Janet Reeves, Scott Reeves
Cover Design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Reeves makes his mark early with the opening track giving "Speak Low" a Latin edge that let's you know he rounded up the gang for some hot playing and creative moves. Whether original or cover, leading or playing, Reeves is the man with the plan. Tasty, straight up jazz by a crew that loves to play it right and tight, this is a killer date througho ...
Musical Memoirs (Dee Dee McNeil )
This winter, a plethora of big band and orchestra CDs have crossed my desk. The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra is another very fine example of precision arrangements and excellent musicianship in pursuance of jazz orchestration. From the first Latin strains of cut #1, "Speak Low," I was captivated. This familiar jazz standard features alto saxophonist ...
All About Jazz (Edward Blanco)
4 1/2 - STARS The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra follows up the highly successful debut album Portraits and Places (Origin, 2016), with another masterpiece recording on Without A Trace offering new and exciting arrangements of three standards and four creative Reeves originals that all together, pack quite a powerful musical punch. A full-tenured pro ...
New York City Jazz Record (Scott Yanow)
A fine trombonist and alto flugelhornist, Scott Reeves has led small groups but it is with big bands that he really excels. He first recorded with the Indiana University Jazz Ensemble in 1969 but more significant have been his recorded arrangements and solos with orchestras led by Dave Liebman, Michael Treni and Bill Mobley. His own orchestra's deb ...
JazzdaGama (Raul da Gama)
The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra isn't going anywhere – clearly not anytime soon, anyway. If anything far from vanishing Without A Trace suggests that with this music so vibrantly coloured and sublimely textured, and well-judged too, this jazz orchestra is swinging its way into the world of large ensembles, continuing to occupy the top tier with y ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Fresh big band charts and deliveries are produced by composer/conductor Scott Reeves as he leads a team that includes all stars Steve Wilson/ss-as-fl and Carolyn Leonhart/voc. The vocalist is featured on a lithe and brassy title track, as Wilson gives an aria alongside Jim Ridi's somber musings on "Incandescence." Reeves shows cleverness as he char ...
Aquarian Weekly (Mike Greenblatt)
Like the legendary Gil Evans [1912-1988] who more than anybody helped Miles Davis become a super-duper star by outfitting the trumpeter with his celestial arrangements, the music of Scott Reeves goes through the kind of changes wherein it starts off as one animal buts ends up another. Without A Trace (Origin Records) by The Scott Reeves Jazz Orches ...
All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
Grudging good wishes to New Yorkers who are able to see and hear the world-class Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra on a fairly regular basis. Everyone else must make do with the occasional recording (Without a Trace is only the second by the ten-year-old ensemble which made its debut in 2008). That's not nearly enough, of course, but on the other hand, b ...
London Jazz News (Nigel Waddington)
New York Big Band leader and composer Scott Reeves is someone whose music I wish I'd discovered sooner. His new release, Without A Trace, contains originals and standards, colourfully orchestrated and recorded with an intimate, club-like ambience. These pieces really are "composed", and what a difference it makes. They are led by the line, so th ...
Downbeat Magazine (Suzanne Lorge)
REEVES' BIG BAND BALANCE IT WASN'T UNTIL TROMBONIST/ALTO flugelhornist Scott Reeves moved to New York City in 1999 that he began to compose and arrange at the level he'd always envisioned. "I'm either a late bloomer or a slow learner," he joked after the May 12 release concert for Without A Trace (Origin), his second big band album, at Smalls. O ...