|This is also known as American Bandstand (SGL 1528-2) released in February 2000 and now withdrawn due to legal action by Dick Clark. Currently, our copies are entitled American Bandstand. Wayne's second record with Zony Mash acoustic is the hybrid SACD Sweeter Than the Day (SGL 1536-5).
When Wayne Horvitz decided a few years ago to do a new piano record (the first leading his own group since 1987's Nine Below Zero with Butch Morris and Bobby Previte), he took his time until he found the combination of players that was just right. The wait was worth it: thanks to a great-sounding piano and studio, eleven of his distinctive tunes, and the members of his Hammond B-3 based group Zony Mash playing "unplugged", the music shines. Foregrounding melody and harmony through the gently plangent voicings of the piano/guitar front line, concise solos, and thoughtful group interplay, the program sets a leisurely pace while evoking a range of styles and feelings. Impressionistic ballads that might recall Paul Bley, Ellington/Strayhorn, Debussy, or the wistful and piquant irony of Satie, blend with mid-tempo songs likewise steeped in the history of jazz, r&b/r&r, soul, funk, blues, gospel, and the avant-garde. A chamber-jazz homage to musical roots, Forever is an open-hearted yet serenely beautiful record.