Friday, November 4, 2016

The John Lewis Piano

One of the strongest sessions recorded by pianist John Lewis in the 50s — a date that shows depths of his talents that run even greater than his work with the Modern Jazz Quartet, quite possibly because is work on piano is at the forefront of the record throughout ! There's a sense of darkness here that really fits the image on the cover — a style that's stated clearly on piano lines that are often as spacious as they are gentle, but which also have a moodier undercurrent below, thanks to Lewis' careful choice of keys and notes. The backing is often quite spare — Lewis sometimes plays just with Connie Kay's drums, or the guitar of either Jim Hall or Barry Galbraith — and at its fullest, the record features 2 trio numbers with the bass of Percy Heath and drums of Connie Kay. Tracks are lyrically and thoughtfully composed — and titles include "Two Lyric Pieces", "Harlequin", "D&E", "Little Girl Blue", and "Warmeland".
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Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-john-lewis-piano-r142747

John Lewis
The John Lewis Piano

Tracks

1 Harlequin (Lewis)  5:19
2 Little Girl Blue (Hart, Rodgers)  4:34
3 The Bad and the Beautiful (Raksin)  4:22
5 It Never Entered My Mind (Hart, Rodgers)  4:25
6 Warmeland (Traditional)  3:42
4 D & E (Lewis)  4:46
7 Two Lyrics Pieces (Lewis)  11:07
a) Pierrot
b) Colombine

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Personnel
John Lewis - p
Jim Hall - g [# 7]
Barry Galbraith - g [# 3, 5 & 6]
Percy Heath - b [# 2 & 4]
Connie Kay - dr [# 1, 2 & 4]

Recorded July 30, 1956 ; & August 24, 1957

20 comments:

LaroSwing said...

Thank you melanchthon!

Gsblog said...

Great tracks! I think that some are in the wrong order.

es125 said...

John Lewis
Thanks Mel, this is some cool stuff. Happy New Year

L.O.L. said...

Thx

theblueamos said...

thank you very much from jerusalem

Foth said...

Thank-you and a belated happy new year!

neil said...

Mnay thanks for this post, mel...

Mike said...

Digging around to find John Lewis playing piano in a small group... where else would I look but here! Again, many thanks.

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you.

flyra said...

What can I possibly say more than thank you!

nlrp said...

thank you. a new discover for me.

musician3 said...

EXCELLENT....................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for this small group John Lewis

AmyBRAINS said...

Yes, it's really an excellent post.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

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jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

sandor essedy said...

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Fred Archtop said...

That's great ! Thanks Mel.