Jazz Vocalist Yaala Ballin has recently released “On the Road” through Gallery Records. Zaid Nasser on alto saxophone is one of the featured soloists. Chris Byars is also featured on tenor saxophone. The rhythm section includes Vahagn Haytapertyan, piano; Ari Roland, bass and Keith Balia on drums.
“On the Road” features 11 songs, many of which come from the Great American Songbook. From the opening cut, Exactly Like You to Three Little Words taken at break-neck speed, it is clear that Ballin has assembled a group steeped in jazz tradition.
The recording is clean and clear, reflecting modern recording techniques, yet that may be the only thing modern about “On the Road.” Nasser’s saxophone playing pays reverence to great alto players like Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and Sonny Stitt. Chris Byars, also possesses a very traditional sound and style on tenor saxophone. Both players have great command of their instruments and an ability to play tempos.
According to the liner notes, “Yaala has a profound understanding of the many sides of Jazz singing. She has a love for jazz standards, and a passion for the Blues, having been significantly influenced by Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. Her improvisational style has deep roots in the tradition of legendary Jazz singers of the past.”
Lovers of traditional jazz, reverent to the sound of the 40s and 50s will truly enjoy Yaala Ballin’s “On the Road.” There are no rough edges, no surprises – just well played traditional jazz.
You can find out more about Yaala Ballin at www.yaalaballin.com or at www.galleryrecords.com