Bill Carrothers: My Heart Belongs To Daddy


My Heart Belongs To Daddy


Bill Carrothers (piano)


Home Row (Pirouet PIT3035)

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Bill Carrothers (piano), Gary Peacock (bass), Bill Stewart (drums).

Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: New York, January 1992


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

I always like to do a little research before I write a review. This is especially helpful when I don't know much about the musician I am reviewing. This pleases my editor. But I could argue, and would if ever caught, that going into a review with no knowledge is probably the best way to do it. That way you have no preconceived notions and your opinions will probably be more honest. But that is for when I get caught. And of course you could only do that once for each artist. But this whole opening paragraph is a way for me to really say that you should visit Bill Carrothers's home page on the Net. That's what I did for my "research." I actually did not find the information I was looking for, but did find one of the most personal and creative musician web sites I have ever seen. And I have seen thousands.

It turns out that Pirouet Records heard from jazz pianist Marc Copland that there were sessions from 1992 that featured pianist Carrothers along with the estimable bassist Gary Peacock and equally so drummer Bill Stewart. The recordings had never been released. Pirouet has now remedied that. The CD is a display of top-notch musicians jumping into each other's bags to play intricate and interesting progressive jazz.

I chose to review "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" because you will never hear another version that sounds like this. Carrothers and crew turn the damn cutesy song into a busy and aggressive modern jazz assault. Played at breakneck speed, the tune features all sorts of minor piano chords, explicit improvising and anxious energy. Each player proves his worth to the triumvirate with strong ensemble and solo performances that ooze urgency. This trio knows how to move the ball. I wonder what they would do with "The Good Ship Lollipop."

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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