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Smile / Carol Jarvis


Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 64150  
Composer:  Frank LoesserLeigh HarlineRoderick DunkMorgan Lewis,   ... 
Performer:  Carol Jarvis
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Smile is an entertaining and highly polished showcase of the soloist’s versatility on the trombone.

Carol Jarvis is an extraordinary woman on more levels than one. As a freelance trombonist, her ability to traverse wide-ranging musical styles is such that she is as likely to be seen playing with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is with Sting, Seal or Michael Bolton, all artists with whom she has appeared on tour as well as in the recording studio.
 
As a human being however, her story is perhaps even more remarkable. In 2004, whilst still in her mid-20s, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a condition for which she is still receiving treatment. There have been long and often painful
Read more months and years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It is a more recent experimental drug regime that has happily had a positive effect on the condition and has allowed her to continue to work hard and lead a largely normal life; a life she takes every possible opportunity to lead to the maximum.
 
And it is that positive, life-affirming attitude that imbues every note of Carol Jarvis’s playing on this diversely programmed, entertaining and highly enjoyable CD, conceived to raise both awareness and funding for Macmillan Cancer Support.
 
The musical material includes several evergreen favourites such as Caravan, Alfie and When You Wish Upon a Star. It is also laced with an appetising handful of originals. The most intriguing of these is perhaps Jan Sandstrom’s Sang Till Lotta, a beautiful miniature that in its touching but never overly sentimental or cloying simplicity is light years away from the same composer’s Motorbike Concerto, famously championed by another ambassador for the trombone, Christian Lindberg.
 
Amongst the other original material on offer, the project’s conductor and co-producer Roderick Dunk - who along with Barry Booth is also responsible for a number of the featured arrangements - contributes Carol’s Tune, an upbeat number that after a slow introduction plays effectively to the soloist’s fabulous legato playing in its easy jazz style. Mel Purves’s haunting For Absent friends is beautifully tinged with a hint of blues yet maintains a folk-song feel to its melody and accompaniment. Barry Booth’s Principal Uncertainty conjures up images of smoke-hazed late night jazz lounges, an atmosphere that Carol Jarvis evokes to intoxicating effect.
 
The more familiar fare that provides the material for the talents of the arrangers is no less effective with Rod Dunk and Barry Booth putting their own slant on several of the numbers including How High the Moon - no prizes for spotting the fleeting quote from Rusalka’s Song to the Moon that provides the cleverly appropriate introduction - and Duke Ellington’s legendary Caravan that in not dissimilar but slightly more extended fashion quotes Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia. The tricky Latin rhythms of Chick Corea’s vibrant Spain sound deceptively easy in Jarvis’s hands with a sparkling Tico-Tico also providing well considered contrast with the dreamier material on offer.
 
It is all very neatly summed up with the final track, an imaginative arrangement by Roderick Dunk of Charlie Chaplin’s Smile, and an ideal musical metaphor for the soloist herself.
 
Carol Jarvis’s frantically busy globe-trotting life as a freelance trombonist continues unabated, as anyone that subscribes to her frequent Twitter feeds will discover. But it is when one couples her work ethic and sheer versatility as a player with her incredible determination and resilience in attempting to overcome her condition that we get close to understanding what both life and a way forward in conquering that condition in the future really means to her.
 
This beautiful, often touching and always entertaining CD is a perfect demonstration of her passion for both causes.  

-- Christopher Thomas, MusicWeb International  
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Works on This Recording

1. What are You Doing New Year's Eve? by Frank Loesser
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2. Pinocchio: When you wish upon a star by Leigh Harline
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940 
3. Carol's Tune by Roderick Dunk
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
4. How High the Moon by Morgan Lewis
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
5. Polka Dots and Moonbeams by James Van Heusen
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940 
6. But Beautiful by James Van Heusen
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
7. Caravan by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
8. Sang till Lotta by Jan Sandstrom
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
9. Gay Divorcée: Night and Day by Cole Porter
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
10. Alfie: Theme by Burt Bacharach
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
11. For Absent Friends by Mel Purves
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
12. Tico-tico no Fubá by Zequinha de Abreu
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
13. Principal Uncertainty by Barry Booth
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
14. Spain by Armando "Chick" Corea
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
15. In the wee small hours of the morning by David Mann
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
16. Modern Times: Smile by Charles Chaplin
Performer:  Carol Jarvis (Trombone)
Conductor:  Roderick Dunk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

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