纽约三重奏：疯狂爱妳 New York Trio: Love You Madly (CD) 【Venus】
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Love You Madly
音乐类型 : 爵士 [CD 专辑]
发行公司/日期 : 极光
制作公司 : VENUS
内含片数 : 1
Bill Charlap - piano
Jay Leonhart - bass
Bill Stewart - drums
Label: Venus Records
Run Time: 62 minutes
Release Date 2003
Styles Mainstream Jazz Post-Bop Jazz Instrument Piano Jazz
Recording Date April 7, 2003
AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden
The vast Duke Ellington songbook is always ripe for exploration, and the New York Trio, featuring pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Bill Stewart, is up to the task. The gorgeous ballad "The Star Crossed Lovers" is in good hands, as Charlap gently examines the facets of this gem, accompanied by Leonhart's spacious basslines and Stewart's whispering brushes. The brisk run through "Love You Madly" is transformed into an extended workout instead of the brief versions typically played by its composer. Charlap's bluesy gospel introduction to "I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So" will turn a few heads. Even though there's nothing new about tackling "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" at a racehorse tempo, this trio's intricate workout is a bit more abstract than most recordings. Charlap's jaunty treatment of "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" suggests its composer's stride piano roots.
A Delightful CD of Ellington Classics
By Stephen A. Smith on March 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First, let's fill in the blanks:
New York Trio: "Love You Madly"; Venus Records 35320, ©2003.
Star Crossed Lovers [4:30] / Jump For Joy [4:46] / In a Sentimental Mood [5:57] / Love You Madly [8:21] / Sophisticated Lady [4:58] / I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So [6:48] / Prelude To a Kiss [6:16] / It Don't Mean a Thing [3:55] / C Jam Blues [4:36] / I Let a Song Go Out Of My Heart [7:16] / Warm Valley [5:39].
Bill Charlap, piano; Jay Leonhart, bass; Bill Stewart, drums.
Now that we're on the same page, my review:
Bill Charlap is a classic jazz pianist. Critics from Whitney Balliett to Joseph Hooper have praised Charlap in recent years, and it's all well deserved. Charlap knows intimately the history of jazz piano, and he has clearly assimilated that knowledge into his own unique style.
Charlap has recorded for Blue Note, Criss Cross and Chiaroscuro. But in my opinion, his best work has been for Venus Records. "Love You Madly" is this trio's third release for Venus, after "Blues In the Night" and "The Things We Did Last Summer." (Charlap also released " 'S Wonderful" for Venus under his own name, with Peter Washington and Kenny Washington.)
"Love You Madly" features an entire program of Duke Ellington's music. In fact, it is less a tribute than a celebration. Never does the music aim to copy Ellington, and neither do the musicians simply blow over the changes. Truly, they play the tunes, and they do so with originality. These three musicians adore Ellington's music, and their love is apparent in their performances.
I love this entire disc, but I'll highlight two tracks. "In a Sentimental Mood" took my breath away upon first listen. This is now among my favorite versions of that classic. Charlap's treatment is beautiful. And whoever arranged "C Jam Blues" deserves a raise. It's not unrecognizable, but it's close. The imaginative treatment adopts a deliberately different tone for a tune that is too often simply mugged for its blues changes. This trio succeeds at celebrating Ellington's music, yet they bring their own craftsmanship in full force. They deserve a standing ovation.
It's worth adding that engineer Jim Anderson and the rest of the crew did a remarkable job. Charlap's piano is particularly well represented on this recording. Engineering is like lighting for photography: It's nice to have a pretty model, but professional lighting distinguishes true photographs from simple pictures.
This CD has only two drawbacks: The price is high, and the liner notes are in Japanese. You can compensate for the latter by digging up the aforementioned articles by Balliett and Hooper. The tunes are Ellington standards which speak for themselves. As for the price: Well, you'll get an hour's worth of music that's better than almost any two CDs you could buy instead. Personally, I'm happy with my purchase, and consider it money well-spent.
New York Trio: Love You Madly (2003)
By DR. JUDITH SCHLESINGER,
Published: December 12, 2003 | 3,520 views
This bouquet of Ellingtonia is superb, but then you'd expect nothing less from this top-level trio. Bill Charlap, increasingly acknowledged as one of the best living pianists in jazz, has a unique touch; when he plays a ballad, as on "Sentimental Mood," he presses the keys so softly that the notes seem breathed, rather than struck. His swinging is crisp, his runs light and flawless, and he has a knack for finding the heart of a song – a talent shared by bassist Jay Leonhart, who conveys maximum meaning with his harmonic choices. Leonhart, also known for his droll songwriting, can convey this wry sensibility with his playing, especially with his sly use of the slide. Drummer Bill Stewart, whose profile isn't as high as the others (yet), does a fine and nuanced job throughout.
Highlights are hard to pick when a recording is this consistent, but I'd choose the aforementioned "Sentimental Mood," the very cool "C-Jam Blues," and the title track, with its swinging solos and trades and impish sense of fun. All told, a sparkling and stylish release.
Track Listing: Star Crossed Lovers, Jump for Joy, In a Sentimental Mood, Love You Madly, Sophisticated Lady, I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So, Prelude to a Kiss, It Don't Mean a Thing, C Jam Blues, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, Warm Valley
Personnel: Bill Charlap (piano), Jay Leonhart (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)
Record Label: Venus Records
01. Star Crossed Lovers
02. Jump For Joy
03. In A Sentimental Mood
04. Love You Madly
05. Sophisticated Lady
06. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
07. Prelude To A Kiss
08. It Don't Mean A Thing
09. C Jam Blues
10. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
11. Warm Valley