Steve Kuhn & Gary McFarland: Childhood Dreams
The October Suite (Impulse A-9136)
Joe Firrantello (Farrell), Don Ashworth, Irving Horowitz, Gerald Sanfino (woodwinds), Corky Hale (harp).
Composed, arranged & conducted by Gary McFarland.
Recorded: New York, November 1, 1966
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
The second half of The October Suite was written for piano trio, four woodwind doublers, and harp. It's a wonderful contrast to the three piano-trio-and-string-quartet pieces on the album. "Childhood Dreams" was originally written by Gary McFarland (as "Jacques' Theme") for the score to a 1967 film called 13 (later retitled Eye of the Devil); the mood here is bittersweet—almost heartbreakingly so.
Reviewer: Bill Kirchner