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viernes, 9 de septiembre de 2016

Monty Alexander • Echoes of Jilly's

Review by Scott Yanow
From 1963-1967, pianist Monty Alexander played regularly at Jilly's in New York City, a popular hangout where Frank Sinatra would occasionally drop in and, on very rare occasions, sing a song or two. This trio set with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Troy Davis gives Alexander an opportunity to pay tribute to both Jilly's and Sinatra. Performing 13 of the many hundreds of songs associated with the singer, Alexander plays melodic and swinging versions of such tunes as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Just One of Those Things," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Come Fly with Me," and "Here's That Rainy Day," among others. The songs are mostly pretty familiar, and Alexander does not stretch himself all that much (the only real departure is his haunting unaccompanied melodica solo on "Strangers in the Night"), but his renditions are quite enjoyable and accessible.

1 I've Got You Under My Skin 6:24
2 The Summer Wind 4:56
3 You Make Me Feel So Young 4:05
4 I'm A Fool To Want You 3:41
5 Just One Of Those Things 2:55
6 All The Way 6:33
7 Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) 6:45
8 In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning 5:03
9 Call Me Irresponsible 6:12
10 Angel Eyes 4:22
11 Come Fly With Me 4:21
12 Here's That Rainy Day 3:20
13 Strangers In The Night 1:28

Bass – John Patitucci
Drums – Troy Davis (2)
Piano – Monty Alexander

Recorded at Sound On Sound, New York, NY: December 20 & 21, 1996.

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