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Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul


  • 1. Who Cares?
    2. Somebody Loves Me
    3. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)
    4. How Long Has This Been Going On?
    5. Foggy Day, A
    6. 'S Wonderful
    7. I Was So Young and You Were So Beautiful
    8. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
    9. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    10. Soon
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60669

  • Credits
    ProducerJoel Moss; Joel Moss
    EngineerJoel Moss; Joel Moss

    Personnel: Bill Charlap (piano); Bill Charlap; Peter Washington (double bass); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Frank Wess (tenor saxophone); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Slide Hampton (trombone); Kenny Washington (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Joel Moss .
    Liner Note Authors: Joel Moss ; Will Friedwald.
    Photographer: Carol Friedman.
    Arranger: Bill Charlap.
    Acclaimed pianist Bill Charlap stays in songbook mode for PLAYS GEORGE GERSHWIN: THE AMERICAN SOUL, an album that follows up his Grammy-nominated SOMEWHERE: THE SONGS OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN. Charlap clearly has a deep love for the American pop/jazz canon, and moving from the work of Bernstein to Gershwin proves to be completely natural for the tradition-minded performer.
    Charlap's longtime rhythm section--bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (who are unrelated)--are on hand here, and the trio's utterly telepathic interplay makes every track sound effortless, whether they're gliding through the upbeat "Who Cares?" or the delicate, heartbreaking "I Was So Young (You Were So Beautiful)." A quartet of horns, including jazz legends Phil Woods (alto saxophone) and Slide Hampton (trombone), joins the ensemble on a handful of tracks, with the two elder statesmen almost--but not quite--stealing the show on a few occasions. Throughout the album, Charlap's piano playing is as pristine and nuanced as ever.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "The playing is consistent, suave and even-tempered in varying combinations from solo piano to the full group."
    JazzTimes (p.89) - "[A]t once elliptical and full-bodied, fleet and thoughtful, amusing and serious."
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