Crotty, Corman, and Phipps: I've Never Been In Love Before
I've Never Been In Love Before
Jazz Trio (Auraline 003)
Composed by Frank Loesser.
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
I first came to know about Ron Crotty about thirty years ago when I bought a two-LP collection of the complete Dave Brubeck Trio recordings, and those recordings were already thirty years old at the time. He was Brubeck's bass player then, and stayed on for an early incarnation of Brubeck's Quartet with Paul Desmond. He's kept a relatively low profile since those days, but at 80 years old, he can still bring it.
In a drumless trio that recalls the warmth and intimacy of the “Triple Treat” trio of Ray Brown, Monty Alexander and Herb Ellis, the threesome that features Crotty replaces the piano with the bass trumpet from another long-time veteran, Frank Phipps. Corman, a saxophonist who switched to guitar only in 2003, takes on the chordal chores like an old pro. For this Frank Loesser tune that was originally published at the time of that old Brubeck Trio (1950), the arrangement accentuates Crotty's bass walking skills superbly. He shows suppleness, range and flair of guys a mere quarter of his age.
So how is this contemporary of Oscar Pettiford is playing these days? Like a worthy contemporary of Christian McBride.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron
Tags: 2000s jazz