Denny Zeitlin: All The Things You Are


All The Things You Are


Denny Zeitlin (piano)


The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions (Mosaic Select 34)

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Denny Zeitlin (piano), Charlie Haden (bass), Jerry Granelli (drums).

Composed by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II


Recorded: Los Angeles, October 28, 1964


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

After Denny Zeitlin moved to San Francisco in 1964, he formed a working trio with Charlie Haden (b. 1937) and Jerry Granelli (b. 1940) that lasted for two years. Their first album was Carnival, and as remarkable as Zeitlin’s freshman Cathexis album was, his second was a definite step forward. Among its numerous high points was this unique treatment of an oft-performed standard. The “hook” of Zeitlin’s arrangement is the song’s bridge, or middle section—it’s played in waltz time, except for the final two measures, and repeated over and over to build tension before returning to the final A section.

The trio’s execution of this—at times delicate, at other times soaring—is sublime; this is one of the quintessential jazz recordings of “All the Things You Are”. Zeitlin rerecorded his arrangement in the late 1980s with bassist Joel DiBartolo and drummer Peter Donald (Denny Zeitlin Trio Windham Hill Jazz 112), but this slower version is definitive.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner

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