David Murray & Mal Waldron: I Should Care
I Should Care
Silence (Justin Time 186)
Composed by Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl & Paul Weston.
Recorded: Brussels, October 5-6, 2001
Rating: 83/100 (learn more)
So many great pianists have put their stamp on this standard over the years: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and Bill Evans, to name a few. Monk's solo piano versions of "I Should Care" (especially the Riverside version) could serve as case studies in how to remake a standard in your own image. Hence I was disappointed to hear Mal Waldron, a very inventive and daring pianist, stick so close to the conventional chord changes here, and settle so comfortably into an old-fashioned groove. I hoped for something more surprising. David Murray, for his part, offers up a very inventive solo, and gives us a taste of fireworks. But Waldron seems content to let the tenorist do all of the heavy lifting. In short, there is not enough here to hold the listeners' interest for the full duration of this 12½ minutes of ballad musing. Waldron fans would be better served by checking out the dramatic version of "Soul Eyes" from this same date.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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