Al Cohn & Jimmy Rowles: Them There Eyes
Composed by Maceo Pinkard, William Tracy, and Doris Tauber.
Recorded: March 15, 1977
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
Six-and-a-half minutes of sheer fun. Al Cohn and Jimmy Rowles have a blast with this corny standard from 1930, and you can imagine them chuckling in the studio after they were finished with it. Few performances do a better job of capturing the spontaneity and irreverence of the jazz idiom. This song is torn down and rebuilt from the ground up, and the blueprint was drawn on the fly. I have never heard Rowles play better than on this track, but Cohn matches him chorus for chorus. A neglected classic from the 1970s well worth hearing . . . if you can track down a copy.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia