Denny Zeitlin: Quiet Now
Denny Zeitlin (piano)
Shining Hour: Live At the Trident (Sony Japan SICP 972)
Composed by Denny Zeitlin.
Recorded: The Trident, Sausalito, CA, March 22-24, 1965
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
In Herb Wong's original liner notes for Shining Hour, Charlie Haden was quoted as saying that "Quiet Now" was one of the most beautiful ballads he had ever heard. It's Denny Zeitlin's best-known and most-covered composition; pianist Bill Evans alone recorded it at least nine times. Zeitlin has recorded it four times - never better than here.
This nine-minute rendition is only three choruses long; it's slow and meditative. Zeitlin begins alone, joined gently by Haden and then Granelli. The second chorus belongs entirely to Zeitlin, and in the third Haden and Granelli return to build with Zeitlin to a moving climax. Those who treasure the "vibe" of Bill Evans' immortal Sunday at the Village Vanguard album will especially appreciate this one.
The Mosaic Select reissue of Zeitlin's Columbia recordings doesn't include this album (his third for that label), so for the moment it's available only as a Japanese import. Mosaic promises to rectify this situation - here's hoping they do it soon.
Reviewer: Bill Kirchner