Stan Getz & Jimmy Rowles: The Peacocks
The Peacocks (Columbia PC 34873)
Recorded: New York: July 1975
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
Rowles was on a roll in the 1970s. After years of accompanying singers and languishing in obscurity, Rowles relocated to New York in 1973, and found himself fêted and fussed over, profiled in The New Yorker, and (in his late 50s) heralded as one of the most celebrated new pianists on the Manhattan scene. It was a great decade for this journeyman musician, but the high point came on this session -- with a major label in his corner, and Stan Getz producing and stepping out of the booth to join in as a sideman. Rowles contributed this deeply poignant ballad, a haunting melody that would become a jazz standard, recorded by everyone from Wayne Shorter to Bill Evans. But this is still the definitive version of "The Peacocks," a ballad performance that ranks among the most memorable jazz moments of the decade.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia