Bob Dorough: The End of a Love Affair

Track

The End of a Love Affair

Artist

Bob Dorough (piano, vocals)

CD

Songs of Love (Universal 2001)

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Musicians:

Bob Dorough (piano, vocals), Art Farmer (flugelhorn), Bill Takas (electric bass), Al Levitt (drums).

Composed by Edward C. Redding

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Recorded: live at Caruso's and L'Auditori, Barcelona, Spain, March 4-6, 1987

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Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

It should come as no surprise that when Art Farmer joined forces with Bob Dorough's trio for some 1987 gigs in Barcelona, Spain, the results were inspirational. Dorough and Farmer brought out the best in each other, both being such astute interpreters of the Great American Songbook.

Dorough always includes the verse if available when he sings a tune, as he does here for "The End of a Love Affair," delivering it in an engaging singsong manner before smoothly entering the chorus. Farmer first appears for his flugelhorn solo, played with a wonderfully rounded tone, and during which he executes some sparkling head-turning runs. Dorough's piano follows with a bluesy emphasis, typically linear and lyrical. Takas and Levitt are in lockstep in their driving support, and Takas, that most tasteful of electric bassists, also provides a thoughtfully concise solo. Dorough returns to scat the chorus in unison with Farmer, an agreeable, unexpected touch, and then he once again does eloquent justice to composer Redding's endearing words. The line "And the tunes I request are not always the best, but the ones where the trumpets blare," definitely does not refer to any of Dorough's and Farmer's performances in Barcelona that March of 1987.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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