Thomas Moeckel's Centrio: Send In The Clowns … And Let Them Play
Send In The Clowns … And Let Them Play
Thomas Moeckel's Centrio
The Nearness of You (Turicaphon ES73751)
Thomas Moeckel (guitar),
Dominik Schurmann (bass), Stephan Felber (drums).
Composed by Stephen Sondheim; additional music by Thomas Moeckel.
Recorded: Switzerland, 2008
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Thomas Moeckel's arrangements and compositions frequently border on the theatrical, so it's probably no accident that the versatile Swiss jazzman chose to record a popular tune from the Sondheim songbook. In a lightly chorused and lovingly crafted rubato solo guitar arrangement, he faithfully renders the essential elements of the original before adding his blue-sense-worth in a relaxed swinging bridge of his own ("… and Let Them Play"), featuring downhome guitar phrasing and a nice upright solo by Dominik Schurmann. He then returns to the Sondheim melody, once again taking A Little Night Music home to the warmth of his solo guitar.
Reviewer: Bill Barnes