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Review of Glenn Zottola and Chick Corea “The Legend and I” by Scott Yanow author of 10 books on Jazz.

Glenn Zottola & Chick Corea

The Legend & I

(Audio Verse Music)

            Glenn Zottola, one of the few jazz artists to be equally skilled on trumpet and saxophones (tenor and alto), gained fame in the jazz world during the late 1970s and ‘80s, mostly as a hot swing-based trumpeter. He worked with Bob Wilbur’s Bechet Legacy, led a string of rewarding solo recordings, and along the way played and/or recorded with Benny Goodman, Butch Miles, Peanuts Hucko, Steve Allen, Maxine Sullivan, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims and Joe Williams among others. After working as the musical director for Suzanne Somers (including for her television variety show), he went into semi-retirement but fortunately never stopped playing.

            Zottola became very good friends with Chick Corea around 2000 and during the next two decades they frequently jammed together. There was talk of Zottola touring with Corea, but although that never happened, tapes were made of some of their jams. The Legend & I consists of a few of their better collaborations. While some of the performances date back to the early 2000s (the exact dates are not given on the CD), these versions of ‘Skylark,” “Crystal Silence,” “Z-Mother Test Project,” and “Moog 1 Arp Project” are among the very last (possibly the final) recordings made by Corea, who passed away on Feb. 9, 2021.

            The set begins with “But Not For Me” as played by the co-leaders plus bassist Avishai Cohen and drummer Adam Cruz. Zottola takes fine solos on both muted trumpet and alto-sax. The duo of Zottola on tenor and Corea perform a rare version of the keyboardist’s classic ballad “Crystal Silence.” “Autumn Leaves” may at first seem conventional with Zottola contributing some fine trumpet, but it also features Corea (via overdubbing) on marimba, bass and drums (each of which he plays quite credibly) rather than piano. “Z-Mother Test Project” finds the co-leaders improvising quite freely and with plenty of energy, clearly having fun in each other’s musical company.

            “Skylark” is given a beautiful statement by Zottola on tenor (sounding a bit like Stan Getz) and Corea on acoustic piano. “Mood 1 Arp Project” is another mostly free improv, “You Go To My Head” is a feature for Zottola on tenor while “Gliden Not Haydn” is a high-powered outing for the quartet with Cohen and Cruz. Corea and the rhythm section really push and challenge Zottola who responds with competitive fire on alto and trumpet.

            As a bonus track, there is a second version of “Crystal Silence” that was recorded after Corea’s passing. Zottola plays warmly on tenor, guitarist Romero Lubambo provides tasteful accompaniment along with a solo, and Pamela Driggs sings Corea’s rarely-heard lyrics.

            It is very good to hear Glenn Zottola back on record again, and to have this final chapter in the remarkable Chick Corea story. The Legend & I is available from www.audioversemusic.com.

Glenn Zottola Kirby Jones “Princess Wave”

From Kirby Jones who wrote this song :

I recalled incidentally, when I happened to be living in Tokyo, Japan in about 1987, Princess Diana came to visit. There was a big buzz about it and so the day she was suppose make a drive-by appearance in the street, I decided to go see what the fuss was all about. So I carefully walked down close to the road where she was suppose to pass and waited patiently expecting a slow procession to gracefully drive by. After some time I noticed a stirring in the crowd signaling that Princess Diana was about to arrive. All of a sudden a car came whipping across my view but not as a slow procession; it was more of a 35 mile an hour race — I was taken by surprise! But … there was Princess Diana, and then … she waved. That in itself made it an experience! :-

Monk Rowe

I wanted to put this comment from Monk on my website regarding my new album and video as it meant so much to me as he is a legend in the Jazz interview world and has done many interviews with Jazz legends who made me who I am musically. Thank you Monk for all you do.

“Super! Glenn has the chops on brass and reeds to play anything he hears and what he hears is HIP!”


Glenn Zottola “I cover The Waterfront” from the movie.

This recording was done a new mouthpiece just sent to me by Theo Waynne the “Ambika”. Having worked with Frank Sinatra , Tony Bennet , Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald , Joe Williams and many others that vintage and nuanced sound of Coleman Hawkins , Ben Webster , Gene Ammons and Stan Getz is very important to me. I would like to applaud Theo Waynne for his dedication and accomplishments and Bryan Vance General Manager for his incredible care and service. This beautiful arrangement is by my good friend Alan McPike in Scotland. This video was done by my good friend Zvonimir Tosic in Australia.