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)

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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

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