Eddie Costa: Stretch in "F"


Stretch in "F"


Eddie Costa (piano)


Quintet (V.S.O.P. 7)

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Eddie Costa (piano), Art Farmer (trumpet), Phil Woods (alto sax), Teddy Kotick (bass), Paul Motian (drums).

Composed by Art Farmer


Recorded: New York, July 1957


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

This enjoyable jam-session style tune comes from one of the few albums that pianist/vibraphonist Eddie Costa made before his untimely death at 31. The track begins and ends with quick polyrhythmic breaks from Motian, who extends the "fast-triplet-over-swing" polyrhythm longer than many other drummers could. Costa is the first to solo, and his turn is well executed, apart from the overwhelming feeling that this is a vibraphone solo being played on piano. Even though he was an accomplished pianist, listening to his piano and vibes solos back to back on this recording reveals his stronger improvisatory instrument. Farmer is up next, introducing his solo with a humorous melody before getting serious and offering a fine display of his effortlessly flowing improvised lines. Woods is off and running quickly and packs quite a punch in a very brief solo statement. A swinging track from a fine combination of relatable talents.

Reviewer: Eric Novod


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