Mitchel Forman: Here, There and Everywhere
Here, There and Everywhere
Mitchel Forman (piano)
Step Inside Love – A Jazzy Tribute to the Beatles (ESC 03719-2)
Mitchel Forman (piano),
Trey Henry (bass), Ray Brinker (drums), Munyungo Jackson (percussion).
Composed by Lennon/McCartney.
Recorded: Granada Hills, CA, August 2005
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Those of you who have read any of my many reviews of Mitchel Forman's music know I am an unabashed fan. I think he is one of the best pianists and composers today. On this ESC-produced collection, we get to hear how Forman interprets a classic Beatles tune. Needless to say, I think he is spot on here, too. The tendency for any jazz pianist covering a Beatles song is to reflexively make it swing. Forman does a little of that in sections, but even then he swings in unexpected places. It is Forman's imagination that sticks out to me. He never leaves the core tune far behind, yet somehow you forget you are listening to a melody you have heard a thousand times before. Forman changes the character of "Here, There and Everywhere" much the way you change the character of a house by painting it another color.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky