Keith Jarrett: You Took Advantage of Me

This trio's reputation for delivering well-worn standards with the utmost reverence and professionalism is richly deserved. Sometimes they make some surprising, nifty little moves, such as the delightful ragtime rendering of "Honeysuckle Rose" from My Foolish Heart: Live At Montreux. Here Jarrett recalls another early jazz style, playing unaccompanied stride at the beginning and end of the tune. In between he reverts to his more modern, single-note manner. With Peacock's heavy encouragement, though, the tune swings, and swings hard. His big, bouncy basslines sync up with DeJohnette's hi-hat taps like a well-oiled rhythm machine. As performed here, "You Took Advantage of Me" epitomizes what is great about jazz, spanning eras and resurrecting the best parts from each.

January 05, 2009 · 0 comments


Gerry Mulligan: You Took Advantage of Me

In 1960, when Gerry Mulligan and his former longtime sideman Bob Brookmeyer assembled a 13-piece band, economics rendered 13 unluckier than usual. "We didn't want to make money, we wanted to prove a point," Brookmeyer said later. "That there could still be a great big band." On this track, Brookmeyer's arrangement takes advantage of the CJB's superb ensemble, and the trombonist himself delivers a droll, choked-valve cornucopia of smears, burrs, sputters and gusts evoking the lowdown delights of gutbucket jazz but with modernist flair. Point proved. The CJB made no money, but was a great band.

Note: Do not be misled by the album art showing Gerry Mulligan playing tenor sax. For some reason, when PolyGram Records devoted its Jazz Masters 36 CD in 1994 to musical history's most famous baritone saxophonist, they chose said photograph for its cover. Nowhere on the CD does Mulligan play tenor sax. Instead, he excels on his customary baritone, and on a couple of occasions switches to piano or clarinet. PolyGram ought to have deferred picking its album covers until Bring Your Kid to Work Day; a child wouldn't have made such a stupid selection.

November 08, 2007 · 0 comments


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