Sunday, February 17, 2008

Eric Byrd Trio +4 - Brother Ray

Eric Byrd - acoustic piano, vocal
Bhagwan Khalsa - acoustic bass
Alphonso Young, Jr. - drums

are playing

Let the Good Times Roll
Them That Got
Come Rain or Come Shine
I've Got News for You
Get on the Right Track Baby
Baby It's Cold Outside
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
I Want a Little Girl
Watch Them Dogs
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
You Don't Know Me

Now, by the amount of babys here, you might think it's a blues album. That's just half the fact, jack. It's showcasing a slow grooving jazz combo, helped sometimes by that +4 of horns. Beautiful stuff. "I've Got News for You" is the best of the blues, with Eric stamping the keys in that limbo between raunchy and subtle jazz.

But my personal favorite is the classic "Come Rain or Come Shine." Some people believe that you can't mar certain songs. There are no foolproof songs. And when Eric applies his quiet, old-style jazz to this favorite, you'll never hear better.

Very, very solid jazz album. The only track I didn't like was "Watch Them Dogs." And even though I got almost sick of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" a few months ago at Christmas, Eric and guest vocalist Lea Gilmore have renewed my faith in this loverly-worded duet (and you have to see the movie it came from; perfect comedy performance in this song).

Highly recommended cd for the boogie jazz among you.

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