Mays At the Movies
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||I've Never Been In Love Before||Frank Loesser||7:34||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||The Shadow of Your Smile||Johnny Mandel||4:58||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||Pure Imagination||Anthony Newley / Leslie Bricusse||8:47||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||Love Theme from Spartacus||Alex North||8:14||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||Judy||Bill Mays||6:35||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||The Summer Knows||Michel Legrand||6:51||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||There's a Small Hotel||Richard Rodgers||6:57||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||You Leave Me Breathless||Frederick Hollander||4:58||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
||Charade||Henry Mancini||8:22||1,29 €||View in iTunes|
Bill Mays' remarkable career has included stints with Sarah Vaughan and Gerry Mulligan, in addition to an extensive discography as a leader and occasional solo pianist. This trio date with Peter Washington and Billy Drummond marked the first time they had played together as a group, while the lack of rehearsal didn't keep them from sounding like a working unit. Mays conceived this CD as an opportunity to explore some of his favorite songs from movies, kicking off with a lively treatment of I've Never Been in Love Before that adds a few twists to this decades-old standard. The breezy setting of Pure Imagination swings hard, while Mays manages to put his personal stamp on Alex North's Love Theme from Spartacus, a special challenge due to the late Bill Evans' well-known recordings of this haunting ballad. Mays adds a good-natured vocal to You Leave Me Breathless, while Washington's playful exchanges with the leader in the driving take of Henry Mancini's Charade are delightful. The pianist also includes an original that has been heard in more than one film, Judy, an elegant swinger with a humorous detour into quoting Thelonious Monk. If music such as this session were only heard more often in film soundtracks, it would make a noticeable difference.
Born: 05 February 1944 in Sacramento, CA
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s