Many, many years ago...or once upon a time if you prefer, I was a wee lad. And I ventured forth to visit my dear brother Aire in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. That lovely summer, in this unlikely place, I stumbled upon this wonderful record with it's colorful jacket. When I played it, I was absolutely taken with it. The beauty, the impressions that came from Song of Wind and Molten Glass. The hip late night groove of Follow Your Heart. Hearing this I was forever changed. I'd grown up, to the age of about 12 at this point, having been turned on to jazz by my Uncle Alan who used to hang out at Birdland and other NYC haunts. He'd played a lot of great stuff for me when I was little. But this Joe Farrell Quartet recording propelled me even further into the world of music. I have become more and more involved with music ever since, and this recording was of the greatest importance. I love this recording. I listened to it yesterday as I took a stroll out in the rather heavy rain. It hasn't changed. It is still one of my favorite things. I recommend it to all. The Quartet was made up of Joe Farrell, Chick Corea, Dave Holland + Jack DeJohnette with special guest John McLaughlin, who appeared only on Follow Your Heart. This is a must have.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Here again we find Norma singing standards we know and love. Music here by Ellington, Kern, Rogers and Hart... BUT do not miss "The Peacocks!" " A Timeless Place" is Norma's version of "The Peacocks." A piece written by her pianist on this date, the distinguished Jimmy Rowles. A piece I first heard years ago when I first discovered the Bill Evans recording "You Must Believe in Spring." Bill Evans is smiling somewhere. And I think Billy Strayhorn would be happy with the performance here of "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing." Nice work if you can get it.
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