We were like kids in the studio ..... (quote: Tom Kennedy)(source: liner notes Bill Milkowski)
Whow - What a great opener ….. Airegin, originally composed and recorded in 1954 by Sonny Rollins in Miles Davis early Prestige Quintet (1954) opens Tom Kennedy’s latest album Just Play, released a few months ago by Capri Records Ltd. ( 74122 ). It is one of the nine standards performed by an all-star band, directed by featured bass player Tom Kennedy.
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He had such a strong will and he was such a strong player that it really left its influence on me forever. As a teenager he discovered the electric bass and when he was eighteen years young he had accompanied dozens of great jazz icons, like Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Stan Kenton, James Moody, Barney Kessel, Eddie Harris, George Russell, Nat Adderley, Peter Erskine and Freddie Hubbard, among others … Is there a better start for a professional career? (source: Wikipedia)
During the 1980s he moved to New York and debuted on record in Billy Williams’ Quartet, which featured his elder brother piano player Ray Kennedy. Tom's latest album, Just Play, is in fact, dedicated to his brother, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis. I’ve dedicated this recording to my brother for so many reasons, Tom says, He has always been such an inspiration to me, as a phenomenal pianist, composer and arranger, and even more, through his incredible spirit of giving.
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As told before, the album Just Play contains standards only, from Freddie Hubbard’s Ceora and Brubeck's In Your Own Sweet Way up to Cedar Walton’s Bolivia and Elllington's In a Sentimental Mood. It has to do with the idea Tom had for this recording ….. No written arrangements nor rehearsals, …. Just Play as the album is entitled … And so it happened … All tracks were recorded in one day with most tunes captured on the first take …. It was like we were kids in the studio!
As you may have learned from the top of this blog ..... I really liked Airegin, but also Bolivia and Cole Porter's What Is This Thing Called Love which is played in a way seldom heard ….. No - I'won't tell you - Let is surprise you.
MY JAZZ LINKS: Tom Kennedy
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