Track Listing. Waltz for Debby. All of You. Cole Porter. In Your Own Sweet Way. Dave Brubeck. Ray Noble. The Touch of Your Lips. Reflections in D. Duke Ellington. Days of Wine and Roses. This Is All I Ask. Gordon Jenkins. But if he has any tricks or tips, McPartland along with her piano-player listeners deserve to know. Evans' playing on this occasion is both powerful and sublime, offering McPartland quite a challenge during their duets because of the turbulent pull of his rhythmic constructions.
In her liner notes, the host confesses to some personal intimidation and to initially having a sense of "playing against the time. The experience clearly represents for her a high point in a many-faceted career. No Bill Evans' fan or pianist should pass by an opportunity to hear this exchange. Brad Mehldau The piano sonorities sparkle with gemutlikeit and pyrotechnics on the Peterson date just as they resonate with power, depth and emotion on the Evans outing.
On the Brad Mehldau session, however, there's not much life or energy in the playing of either the guest or the host. At the same time, the young prodigy plays clean if deliberative, sharply defined contrapuntal lines, using his left hand on the opening Cole Porter tune "From This Moment On" to create melodic motifs independent from the main strain in his right hand.
There are a few minor surprises during the conversation. Yet I can't recall hearing so many "yeah's" on Piano Jazz in response to McPartland's frequently innocuous comments.
Also, who could have predicted that Mehldau, usually so insistent upon making space between himself and his trumpeted predecessor and putative inspiration, on this occasion would invoke the name of Bill Evans as someone having an "influence" on his playing?
In fact, McPartland may have gone in unnecessarily cautious, taking extra care not to upset a reputed temperamental artist. In all fairness, with Peterson there was no generation divide and with Evans only a single generation, whereas the two generations separating Mehldau from McPartland may have contributed to the deference and respect that rob this exchange of some much needed give and take not to mention vitality.
There are several "major" players who have thus far declined to appear on Piano Jazz , with its devoted and widespread but comparatively small audience and tiny budget. Nevertheless, this is one minute program of music that even Mehldau's devoted followers may judge not worth the asking price.
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Buy Now. Featured Albums. All Of You Evans Solo All Of You Duet The Touch of Your Lips Duet Reflections In D Evans Solo I Love You Hearing this brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful human being Bill was and just so damn immensely talentd.
He was a true artist. This planet will never see the like of him again.
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