Gary McFarland: Reflections in the Park
Reflections in the Park
Gary McFarland (leader, vibes)
The Gary McFarland Orchestra – Special Guest Soloist: Bill Evans (Verve V/V6-8518)
Phil Woods (clarinet), Spencer Sinatra (alto flute), Julian Barber, Allan Goldberg (violas), Aaron Juvelier, Joseph Tekula (celli), Richard Davis (bass), Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Composed & arranged by Gary McFarland.
Recorded: New York, December 18, 1962
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
There are three Gary McFarland albums that I regard as his masterworks, and this is the first. (The others are The October Suite and America the Beautiful: An Account of Its Disappearance.) It's a collection of original pieces for an unusual chamber jazz instrumentation, featuring soloists Bill Evans, Jim Hall, and McFarland. (McFarland was a capable vibraphonist who worked well within his technical limitations.) "Reflections in the Park" captures the gentle mood of the album as a whole. Evans, around whom McFarland built this project, plays beautifully, delivering masterly interpretations of music that he reportedly saw for the first time in the recording studio.
Reviewer: Bill Kirchner
Tags: 1960s jazz