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The Song Is You

Artist: Louis Scherr & Tommy Cecil
Louis Scherr & Tommy Cecil - The Song Is You CD
Label: Limetree
Regular Price: $16.95
On Sale For: $6.78 
Year: 2001
Format: CD


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Louis Scherr and Tommy Cecil come together as a result of their love for the acoustic, intimate sound of a duo. They use as points of reference, among others, the music of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Paul Chambers, Scott LaFaro and Charlie Haden. What they give to the listener is a feeling of rhythmic buoyancy and at the same time a lyrical approach in both their repertoire and in their performance. Some comments on the program: HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOUIS, Cecil's lively, up tempo composition, uniquely combines a 414 melody over a 3/4 rhythm. The introductory solo piano ushers in a graceful melody, capped by an artful improvisation solidly grounded in traditional jazz idiom. B FLAT MINOR BOSSA is Cecil's lyrical tune based on a samba rhythm and played with a melancholy feeling. JANET'S LULLABY, is a beautiful lullaby performed with great tenderness and a delicate touch. The improvisation fits the lullaby theme very well indeed. THE FIRE CAT is Scherr's up tempo piece, enriched by Chick Corea's and Bill Evans' influence. Rhythmically, this is probably the strongest bass improvisation on this disk. Cecil uses a lot of the high register notes, which allows him to obtain a more percussive sound. HALLEY'S COMET is a most complex and memorable composition that manages to unify seemingly disparate classical and jazz elements. The four Jerome Kern songs, in addition to being well-arranged, are played with spontaneity and style that enhance the beauty of Kern's music. Scherr and Cecil are certainly the most interesting duo 1 have heard in the last few years. They are wonderful performers whose music is at once subtle and communicative. Virtually every Scherr and Cecil composition could become a standard. Their music is compelling enough to appeal to almost everyone. Scherr's and Cecil's sensitivity and imagination make this compact disk an important event! Adam Makowicz
Louis Scherr (piano); Tommy Cecil (bass)
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