AOTW April 19 - 24 Grand Encounter by John Lewis
Posted 19 April 2004 - 10:26 AM
I think a lot of the fascination of John Lewis's playing is in the timing. I remember reading somewhere that he is thought by some to sound like someone picking at an unwanted meal when he improvises but not to me. He is thoughtful, deliberate and a consummate artist. And the match with Bill Perkins is sublime. The title track (alternative) is one of my all time favourites too.
I won't go on about the the rest of the album at this stage - will wait to hear what others think - except to say that for me it's goose pimples/bumps time.
Hope you like it! And that there are lots of contributions!
Posted 19 April 2004 - 03:47 PM
John Lewis fans might want to check out (if they have not already done so) "Evolution, P.O.V (LP only I think), and probably the best of the lot "Improvised Meditation and Excursions". There's also a French Polygram called "The Private Concert" which is lovely.
Tooter, your taste is "something else".
Posted 20 April 2004 - 08:58 AM
It's just about perfect, not a not too many and everyone on the right place. Perk is great especially on "Love Me Or Leave Me". Hall shines throughout. As well as accompanying Lewis manages to get some nice counterpoint in too. Heath and Hamilton are just right for the date.
Love it, five stars.
Edited by JohnS, 20 April 2004 - 08:59 AM.
Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:59 PM
Posted 20 April 2004 - 03:28 PM
I've never really got the MJQ thing but Lewis's later solo and trio work is priceless. Evolutio 1 an II being wonderful.
Posted 21 April 2004 - 06:56 AM
Too much has been made of the tension between Jackson and Lewis - that Lewis could swing, but in his own elegant way, is evident from many an album - a recent AOW, Sonny Stitt Plays Bird is a prime example. I second the recommendation on the albums jazzman4133 has mentioned.
To these ears, Lewis is at the very top of the list of jazz pianists with a beautiful touch and elegance. Except for two 78's in France, this was his debut as a leader!!! What a helluva debut!!!
The trio version here of I Can't Get Started to me is the most beautiful of that tune ever recorded, alongside Prez'.
p.s. Can anbody provide me with a CDR of P.O.V.?
Edited by mikeweil, 01 June 2010 - 08:40 AM.
Posted 21 April 2004 - 07:04 AM
Listen to how beautifully Lewis and Hall interact; compare with the Hall/Evans collaborations and marvel at the great difference in conception these two master pianists elicited from Hall.
Posted 21 April 2004 - 01:51 PM
If you are at all into what used to be called "Third Stream" (for want of a better description) you will love this album. If you are a John Lewis fan you will love this album. If you like good music without regard to putting a title to it, you will love this album.
Posted 26 April 2004 - 05:42 AM
Posted 26 April 2004 - 05:45 AM
Uh, I'm ABSOLUTELY SURE I'd have loads of love for it... if only I had it!
No more love for that beautiful album?! Or ist it just that so few have it? I'd be surpprised - it was one of the first Pacific Jazz titles Cuscuna reissued, and he hailed it as one of the labels classics, which it is, alongside the Mulligan/Baker quartet, Almeida/Shank and some Baker and Chico Hamilton.
Posted 26 April 2004 - 06:06 AM
my bad...it is of course. P.O.V
It's P.O.V. and not P.O.W..
If you are at all into what used to be called "Third Stream" (for want of a better description) you will love this album. .
and it's pretty good, strikes me as jazz through and through...
Edited by Clunky, 26 April 2004 - 06:06 AM.
Posted 11 May 2010 - 11:18 AM
Listening to this right now (TOCJ 6115), and I have to say that it might just be the best-recorded album on Pacific Jazz. Staggeringly present soundstage. Really, really beautiful. The kind of CD that stereo shops should use (yeah, right) to show off their high end gear. The breath coming from the sides of Bill Perkins' mouth is almost a separate instrument — like brushes on the most delicate snare head.
But never mind that — the music is sublime. The low flames are sometimes the most concentrated. On the surface this album would seem sleepy, but everyone seems actually quite alert, placing notes here and there with deliberate care.
If something can be paradoxically low-key and intense at the same time, this album would be a model example.
Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:49 PM
Bill Perkins was one of my very favorite tenor saxophone players. He had that Pres influenced cool style down pat, and his sound on the horn was gorgeous. Unfortunately he later changed his style and his sound which disappointed me greatly.
John Lewis and Jim Hall also make lovely contributions to this fine session.
Some albums just seem to click. Everyone here seems to be at their very best and shares the spirit of the session. Even the cover
seems to reflect the the time in which it was recorded and the basic feeling of the music.
I picked up the CD on Pacific Jazz when it initially became available.
Haven't played it in a while. This thread has inspired me to pull it off the shelf and play it very soon.
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