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viernes, 18 de agosto de 2017

Jimmy Rowles • Let's Get Acquainted with Jazz

Review by Scott Yanow
The drawing on the cover and the liner notes, such as they are, are rather silly, but the music on this brief, but enjoyable, CD reissue (subtitled 'For People Who Hate Jazz') features some fine playing from a variety of top West Coast-based musicians. Pianist Jimmy Rowles is the leader and is assisted by guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Red Mitchell, drummer Mel Lewis, sometimes vibraphonist Larry Bunker and tenor saxophonist Harold Land, or trumpeter Pete Candoli. They perform six standards, three takes on "The Blues" and three originals by Rowles. It's a program of tasteful and lightly swinging mainstream jazz.

1 The Cobra (Rowles) 3:19
2 Cheetas for Two (Rowles) 2:55
3 El Tigre (Rowles) 2:14
4 Lullaby of Birdland (Shearing, Weiss) 3:15
5 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans) 3:22
6 All for You (Scherman) 3:42
7 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour) 2:52
8 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (Bowman) 2:30
9 The Blues (Rowles) 3:53
10 Perdido (Drake, Lengsfelder, Tizol) 3:18
11 The Blues [alternate take #1] (Rowles) 4:58
12 The Blues [alternate take #2] (Rowles) 3:02

Jimmy Rowles - p
Pete Candoli - tp
Harold Land - ts
Barney Kessel - g
Larry Bunker - vb
Red Mitchell - b
Mel Lewis - dr

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California ; June 20, 1958

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