It was a CD release party — and the CD, a series of duets devoted to the songs for which Johnny Burke wrote the lyrics, is called CONVERSATIONS:
But the conversations weren’t going on among the audience — they were appropriately reverent — nor were they restricted to the round piece of plastic in the sleeve above. No, tenorist Harry and pianist Rossano were exchanging ideas, sweet and swinging, at the highest artistic and emotional level.
Here’s the second set:
The Rodgers and Hart THIS CAN’T BE LOVE, not too fast:
A wondrous reading of BUT BEAUTIFUL:
In praise of couplehood! JUST YOU, JUST ME:
A high point of the evening for me — one of those performances that stays in the heart — SOME OTHER SPRING, both melancholy and serene:
A BLUES that summoned up Basie and Dave McKenna, Ben, Zoot, and Al:
And — to close — a positively exuberant RUNNIN’ WILD:
About that CD.
The best way (as I write this) to purchase a copy of the CD is to encounter Harry or Rossano on a gig — pleasure redoubled. But it’s now also available at iTunes and CD Baby — click here — or, contact Harry here or Rossano there and either gentleman will find a way to get a copy to you. It is worth it, I assure you.
P.S. Starting on Friday, April 20, 2012, I will be watching and hearing Harry and Rossano and two dozen other jazz masters play and sing at the Atlanta Jazz Party . . . hope to meet some of my readers there!
May your happiness increase.