CD Words & Music * [Paul West (Piano)] (CD 1157943),
back to browsing

Words & Music * [Paul West (Piano)]

  • 1. Laugh to Keep from Cryin' Blues
    2. Groovin' High (Shout It)
    3. I Need More Time
    4. Afternoon in Paris
    5. Thumbin' a Ride
    6. Goodbye, Old Friend
    7. It's You
    8. We're So Lucky
    9. Mondo Condo
    10. Kind Word, A
    11. Today's the Day I Fall in Love
    12. Words and Music
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22041

  • Credits
    EngineerDave Raynor; Gary Grant; Jim Wolfe; Dave Raynor

    Personnel: Paul West (vocals, piano); Paul West ; Dave Raynor (vocals, guitar, electric bass, shaker); Mark Brown (vocals, harp, trumpet, piano); John Goforth (alto saxophone); Lindy West (background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Dave Raynor (vocals, guitar, electric bass, shaker); Bill Reichenbach Jr. (bass trumpet); Chuck Deardorf (bass guitar); John Bishop (drums); Lindy West, John Goforth.
    Liner Note Author: Paul West .
    Recording information: 06/02/2007-08/05/2007.
    Photographer: Bob Peterson.
    A nice set from Paul West and Mark Brown, a pair of Seattle musicians, Words & Music is composed primarily of original compositions from the pair with a couple of classic numbers slightly reworked (and given lyrics). A basic blues piece opens up the album, followed immediately by Dizzy's classic "Groovin' High," but with lyrics courtesy of West in the vein of the old Lambert, Hendricks & Ross recordings -- syncopated phrasings and a clear bop delivery. A soft ballad sings of an aging love, and John Lewis' "Afternoon in Paris" is given some lyrics. "Thumbin' a Ride" hangs out in an odd place between the Crosby & Hope "Road To" numbers and a Randy Newman song. Songs to old friends come in both the somber, almost-mourning form and the happy, welcoming form, followed by an offbeat a cappella piece ("We're So Lucky") and finally a bit of bossa nova in "Mondo Condo" that's just a bit faster than one would expect of the genre. "Kind Word" misses the target a bit lyrically, but makes up for it with some excellent instrumental portions from all musicians involved. Some more bop, then the album turns to a slow duet in the title track closer. These two musicians play with and off of one another beautifully. Though the compositions can get a bit stretched beyond their core competencies, it always sounds as though they're enjoying themselves. When the band is in its element, in a more straightforward jazzy form, it can certainly cook. ~ Adam Greenberg

0 Stars 0 average rating
In Stock -- Item Ships for FREE
Our price $15.68
Add to wishlist

What viewers like you said...

Have you listened to this album? Be the first to write a review

Also suggested for you...

  • buy now for


  • buy now for


  • buy now for


  • buy now for