Lew Tabackin: I Surrender, Dear


I Surrender, Dear


Lew Tabackin (tenor sax)


I'll Be Seeing You (Concord Jazz CCD-4528)

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Lew Tabackin (tenor sax), Benny Green (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Lewis Nash (drums).

Composed by Gordon Clifford and Harry Barris


Recorded: New York, April 16-17, 1992


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Lew Tabackin has always been a fascinating jazz musician, one who for many years was the featured soloist in the Jazz Orchestra led by his wife, Toshiko Akiyoshi. On flute, he is a fresh and highly original master, with a wide-ranging approach that can jump from European classical to Far Eastern in sound and texture. Yet on tenor sax, his influences bubble to the surface and he joyfully and deftly celebrates them while still retaining his own personality. The ever-appealing 1931 tune "I Surrender, Dear" has been recorded by everyone from Bing Crosby to Thelonious Monk and beyond. Tabackin plays the melody with a Ben Websterish tone, at a lingeringly slow tempo, but suddenly the pace accelerates and Tabackin is soaring, his fleet-fingered single-note lines laden with tasteful arpeggios. After a quick reprise of the theme, he reignites for part two of his solo, his darting, acrobatic phrasing and tonal quality placing him somewhere between Don Byas and Sonny Rollins. After Green's varied, two-handed driving solo, Tabackin and Nash engage in a delightful dual improvisation. Tabackin then restates the theme for a final time, but with Green taking on the bridge in an appropriately Monkish manner. Sounds too derivative, you say? No, this is musicianship of the highest order try resisting its allure.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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