It Could Happen To You The Man I Love I Got The Way You Look Tonight - Bill Evans ∼ Bob Brookmeyer - The Ivory Hunters (CD Recorded in New York City, on March 12, Jimmy Giuffre arr, cond. Recorded in New York City, on October 29, Pairing a rising superstar of modern jazz with a gentleman known for playing valve trombone and arranging charts might have been deemed by some as a daunting task.
Fortunately for the keyboardists, this was a good idea and a marvelous concept, where the two could use the concept of counterpoint and improvisation to an enjoyable means, much like a great chess match.
For the listener, you are easily able to hear The Way You Look Tonight - Bill Evans ∼ Bob Brookmeyer - The Ivory Hunters (CD difference between ostensible leader Evans in the right channel of the stereo separation, and the accompanist Brookmeyer in the left. The opener "Honeysuckle Rose" gives a basic idea of what to expect, as Evans leads out, Brookmeyer counters his moves, and they trade riffs in an inventive bridge.
The The Way You Look Tonight - Bill Evans ∼ Bob Brookmeyer - The Ivory Hunters (CD level is very good here, as well as on the democratic, funky contemporary intro to the easy swing of "It Could Happen to You" and "I Got Rhythm," jam-packed with fun plus risk-taking. There's a different give Album) take during "The Man I Love," and they turn the lamp down low on a delicate version of "As Time Goes By" as the pianists trade leads, and bassist Percy Heath adopts a more pronounced role.
It is Heath and drummer Connie Kay, on loan from the Modern Jazz Quartet, who precisely and firmly cement rhythmic elements, allowing the pianists to use space, harmony, wit and wisdom to full effect. Some have called this an effort based more on gimmick and showmanship, but if you agree to listen closely, the depth and substance of Evans and Brookmeyer reveals a lot of soul, invention, and musicians simply having a real good time. It would be nice to hear any alternate takes from this marvelous date, The Way You Look Tonight - Bill Evans ∼ Bob Brookmeyer - The Ivory Hunters (CD.
Nastos -All Music Guide. Add to wishlist Added to your wishlist. You can manage your wishlist here. You're not signed in You must sign in to manage your wishlist. Sign in. Customers also bought To Brookmeyer's credit, he neither panics nor plays it overly safe.
The soloists briefly play melodic tag games, though on this tune as well as the concluding "I Got Rhythm," Brookmeyer begins to sound increasingly Monkish, even down to greater reliance on the sustain pedal. And when the more heralded pianist demonstrates his inimitable touch with some flawlessly executed, double-timed whirlwind note-streaming, each note distinct from the other yet receiving equal pressure, you know the game is up.
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