Denny Zeitlin: 'Round Midnight


'Round Midnight


Denny Zeitlin (piano)


The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions (Mosaic Select 34)

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Denny Zeitlin (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), Freddie Waits (drums).

Composed by Thelonious Monk, Bernie Hanighen and Cootie Williams


Recorded: New York, February 19, 1964


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

For Cathexis, his first of four albums for Columbia, Denny Zeitlin chose the rhythm team of Cecil McBee (b. 1935) and Freddie Waits (1943-1989), two young Detroiters then working with saxophonist Paul Winter. The pair worked well with Zeitlin and conceptually were capable of going in all of the directions the pianist wanted to explore.

This version of Thelonious Monkís best-known composition ranks among the best interpretations of it. Zeitlinís already-distinctive voicings and flair for reharmonization serve Monkís moody piece well, and McBeeís brief solo further enhances it. The gifted pianist Marc Copland alerted me to this recording three decades ago, and itís lost none of its allure since then.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner

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