Three at Last
'Is it a CD or is it a pizza?' asks the sleevenote. It's a fair question, since this group originally came together almost by accident, when I heard that a local pizza restaurant was looking for some live music to encourage more customers on the slowest night of the week. Pizza-consumption rocketted on Monday evenings and, fired with success, we began getting gigs all over the metropolis and neighboring counties. We also played and recorded as a quartet with the wonderful John Horler - one of the best jazz pianists on the planet. The resulting album, 'Perpetual Sunshine Dance', not to be missed, is also available from CD Baby. But the Trio never recorded on it's own until . . . . . . . 'Three At Last'. In the studio we chose half a dozen well-known 'standards' from our repertoire and then added three others which are less familiar. I also composed three original tunes for the session. While mixing was in progress, I remembered that, some years before, the Trio had recorded five tracks accompanied by the Kirby String Quartet. I dug out the original tapes and brought them in, hoping that they sounded as good as I remembered. They did, so we included them on the album as well. The happy result is seventeen tracks of cool and tuneful jazz, with a few surprises and rarities along the way. It's not often that you will hear 'All The Things You Are' in waltz time, 'Little Old Lady' played as a calypso, or a jazz version with string quartet of 'Ode To Billy Joe'. And when was the last time you came across Gershwin's 'Of Thee I Sing' or the 1920's hit 'I'd Climb The Highest Mountain' on an album? Breadth, depth and delight. The happy result is on this CD.