Ellis Larkins: Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year


Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year


Ellis Larkins (piano)


Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 22 (Concord Jazz CCD-4533)

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Ellis Larkins (piano).

Composed by Frank Loesser


Recorded: Maybeck Recital Hall, Berkeley, CA, March 29, 1992


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

On its face, the unsung lyric seems pedestrian: another loser pining for a bygone lover. But when you realize it was written in the middle of World War II, this ballad acquires special pathos. The sweetheart left "in my lonely world over here" isn't a jilted whiner, but a partner in noble sacrifice. Twenty-year-old Ellis Larkins, graduate of Peabody Conservatory and Juilliard, was a professional musician, not a soldier. Yet the way he caresses this song half a century hence convinces us he never forgot what it meant during his youth, when spring sprung late for millions, and not at all for far, far too many others.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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