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Forty Years Among My Favorites

A CBS A&R man, Ed Mathews, gave me a vinyl copy of this date about 40 years ago. (Yikes!) I dubbed the vinyl to audiocassette. It's not a tape I turn to as often as others, but everytime I relisten to it - I love it. It's just a relaxed, very tasteful session. My prime instrument is the drumset. Drummer Jimmy Crawford on this date is still a yardstick for the lost of art of brush playing. Simple, elegant, just right. Thank you for this reissue.

Soft Summer Breeze - remembered

In 1956/57 I had a radio program on the college station called Presto's Piano Platters where I featured a dfferent piano player each week. Soft Summer Breeze was my theme song. When I first started with iTunes I don't think it was available. My Christmas gift card will allow this album to proudly join my collection. What a joy to hear it again.

Bounce by Eddie Heywood

This is a classic jazz piano album from the 50s. I wore out my record back in the 60s. I'm so glad that Verve re-released this album. The quality of the tracks is excellent. Hey There, Tenderly, Soft Summer Breeze, Old Fashoned Walk, and Heywood's Bounce are some of my favorites, but they're all great. I've enjoyed it immensely.


Born: December 4, 1915 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

The Eddie Heywood Sextet was very popular in the mid-'40s, playing melodic and tightly arranged versions of swing standards. Heywood's father, Eddie Heywood, Sr., was a strong jazz pianist of the 1920s who often accompanied Butterbeans and Susie. He taught piano to his son, who played professionally when he was 14. Heywood Jr. performed with bands led by Wayman Carver (1932), Clarence Love (1934-1937), and, after moving to New York, Benny Carter (1939-1940). Heywood led his own group from that period...
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