Joris Roelofs: I Fall in Love Too Easily

Introducing Joris Roelofs is the name of this altoist's indie release, and I strongly advise you to get introduced. This player is one of the finest young saxophonists I have heard in recent memory, and manages to achieve that rarity—delivering performances that are both deeply emotional and richly cerebral at the same time. He pulls it off repeatedly on his CD, but especially on this opening track. Even before he finishes his a cappella opening melody statement, you know that you are hearing a real artist, and when the rhythm section falls into place, as softly supportive as those floating cushions at posh hotel pool, it just gets better. It's hard for an indie release by a relatively unknown player to get much buzz these days, but I'm determined to buzz all the more on my own to compensate. Bzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

May 06, 2009 · 0 comments


Géraldine Laurent: I Fall in Love Too Easily

It's pretty bold for a young French lady alto sax player (not the most common type of musician) to record her first CD in trio, with no harmonic instrument. But Géraldine Laurent doesn't really do anything like everybody: she came late to Paris where she played mostly small clubs, and rarely as a sideman, and all of a sudden she's the talk of the town and records for a big label. With good reason, too: she has a sound of her own – raw with a slight Jackie McLean edge to it; her phrasing is unpredictable and inventive, both when she plays the melody of a standard and when she improvises; and her repertoire includes Ornette, Mingus, and Shorter. So she can afford to start with a trio record, all the more since her partners are good musicians and have played with her long. Who said talent needed guest stars to be recognized?

February 27, 2008 · 0 comments


Brad Mehldau: I Fall in Love Too Easily

Brad Mehldau's first Art of the Trio recording from 1996 includes some of the most romantic playing of his career. This artist sometimes veers into cerebral territory, offering up multi-layered performances that I dig, but that I would be more likely to recommend to musicians than to casual fans. But this track comes straight from the heart - one of those hear-a-pin-drop ballads that sends a hush over the nightclub, and even gets the burly bouncer at the door teary-eyed. In his later recordings, the pianist has tended to cram more content into his solos, and one fears that the constant comparisons with Bill Evans (to which Mehldau has vehemently objected) has perhaps led him to build ever more impressive superstructures into his trio performances. But this wistful song shows that Mehldau can create tremendous drama and emotion with a stark and simple immersion into the feeling space of the composition.

December 30, 2007 · 0 comments


Keith Jarrett: I Fall in Love Too Easily/The Fire Within

Keith Jarrett’s six-disc set from the Blue Note nightclub in New York is one of the must-haves of the 1990s, and the trio’s medley of the standard “I Fall in Love Too Easily” and Jarrett’s own “The Fire Within” is the pinnacle of that stand from June 1994. The tune builds and builds for more than 24 minutes, as the three musicians give the music lots of space to breathe, letting its melody and then its freedom carry them and the listener along. After several minutes the standard gives way to their free but simple improvisation. Jarrett’s wordless vocalizing, which some people find intrusive, complements the music here, serving as an ad hoc fourth instrument. As for the structure, it’s really just two chords repeated and repeated, but it changes substantively with each measure – a splash of cymbal here, a new bass note there. So simple, so gorgeous.

October 29, 2007 · 0 comments


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