Antfarm Quartet: And I Love Her
And I Love Her
Dialogues, Pt 2 (Dreambox 1057)
Paul Jost (vocals), Jim Ridl (piano), Tim Lekan (bass), Bob Shomo (drums).
Composed by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
Recorded: Spring House, PA, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
When a prolific vocalist plants the seed of a down-to-earth pop song in the fertile soil of a copious quartet, itís guaranteed to thrive. This essential adaptation, set in lush Brazilian-influenced terrain, not only does justice to the original, but transcends it. Shomo cultivates a luxuriant groove that compliments Lekanís sensitive presence. Jost opens with a diaphanous, unison riff, as Ridlís rich chords on Rhodes provide the ideal environment for Jostís misty voice. Ridlís lithe piano solo leads to vocal improvs, a natural modulation, and multi-petaled piano lines to fade. Those who might believe that classic pop songs have no place in the jazz garden may change their tune when they hear this hybrid cover. This quartet is of a rare genus and Iíd bet the farm on them.
Reviewer: Marissa Dodge