New York Trio – Love You Madly (2003) [Japan 2016]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 62:20 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,54 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,25 GB
The vast Duke Ellington songbook is always ripe for exploration, and the New York Trio, featuring pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Bill Stewart, is up to the task. The gorgeous ballad “The Star Crossed Lovers” is in good hands, as Charlap gently examines the facets of this gem, accompanied by Leonhart’s spacious basslines and Stewart’s whispering brushes. The brisk run through “Love You Madly” is transformed into an extended workout instead of the brief versions typically played by its composer. Charlap’s bluesy gospel introduction to “I’m Just a Lucky So-and-So” will turn a few heads. Even though there’s nothing new about tackling “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” at a racehorse tempo, this trio’s intricate workout is a bit more abstract than most recordings. Charlap’s jaunty treatment of “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” suggests its composer’s stride piano roots. Another sentimental journey.
01. Star Crossed Lovers
02. Jump For Joy
03. In A Sentimental Mood
04. Love You Madly
05. Sophisticated Lady
06. I’m Just A Lucky So – And – So
07. Prelude To A Kiss
08. It Don’t Mean A Thing
09. C Jam Blues
10. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
11. Warm Valley
Bill Charlap – piano
Jay Leonhart – bass
Bill Stewart – drums
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Jim Anderson.
Recorded on April 7, 2003 at Avatar Studio in New York.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-192.