David Murray & Mal Waldron: I Should Care


I Should Care


David Murray (tenor sax) and Mal Waldron (piano)


Silence (Justin Time 186)

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David Murray (tenor sax), Mal Waldron (piano).

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 12 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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