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Title:
Lookin' good
Author:
Frishberg, Dave.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Concord, CA : Concord Jazz, [2001]

℗2001
Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Disc 1 originally released as Getting some fun out of life, CCD-4037, 1977; disc 2 originally released as Let's eat home, CCD-4212, 1990.

Compact disc.

Program notes by Philip Elwood (disc 1) and Stuart Troup (disc 2).
Contents:
Disc one, Getting some fun out of life: Lotus blossom / Sam Coslow ; Arthur Johnston (4:06) ; I would do anything for you / Claude Hopkins ; Alex Hill (2:50) ; Stevedore stomp / Duke Ellington ; Irving Mills (2:16) ; Violet blue / Billy Strayhorn (4:43) ; Old man Harlem / Hoagy Carmichael ; Rudy Vallee (2:43) ; Dear Bix / Dave Frishberg (3:52) ; Save it, pretty mama / Donald Redman ; Paul Denneker ; Joe Davis (4:15) ; Alligator crawl / Joseph M. Davis ; Andy Razaf ; Thomas "Fats" Waller (3:07) ; In a mist / Bix Beiderbecke (4:08) ; Wonderful one / Paul Whiteman ; Ferde Grofé ; Theodora Morse (2:46) ; Getting some fun out of life / Edgar Leslie ; Joe Burke (3:47) ; King Porter stomp / Ford "Jelly Roll" Morton (2:30) -- Disc two, Let's eat home: Brenda Starr / Johnny Mandel ; Dave Frishberg (2:42) ; Let's eat home / Dave Frishberg (3:00) ; Al Cohn medley: From A to Z ; Tears by me out the heart ; Tasty pudding ; Blues for the highbrow ; Mr. George / Al Cohn (6:35) ; Matty / Davie Frishberg (3:00) ; The mooche / Edward Kennedy Ellington ; Irving Mills (4:25) ; I was ready / David Frishberg (3:17) ; Strange music : from Song of Norway / George Forrest ; Edvard Grieg ; Robert Craig Wright (2:51) ; Billy Strayhorn medley: Take the 'A' train ; Lotus blossom ; Raincheck ; A flower is a lovesome thing ; Johnny come lately ; Something to live for / Billy Strayhorn (8:38) ; A ship without a sail / Richard Rodgers ; Lorenz Hart (4:37) ; Lookin' good / Dave Frishberg (2:53) ; The underdog / Al Cohn ; Dave Frishberg (3:51).
Added Title:
Getting some fun out of life.

Let's eat home.
UPC:
013431499824
Format :
Music CD

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This two-CD set by Dave Frishberg in Concord's budget series combines two complete releases, Getting Some Fun Out of Life and Let's Eat Home. Disc one features the singing pianist in a mix of traditional jazz, stride, and swing, in a quintet that includes alto saxophonist Marshall Royal and a fine yet unheralded veteran of many studio sessions, trumpeter Bob Findley. Frishberg's take of "Sweet Lotus Blossom" is sweet and slow, followed by a peppy "I Would Do Anything for You." He delves into the Duke Ellington songbook with two overlooked gems, Ellington's snappy miniature "Stevedore Stomp" and Billy Strayhorn's richly textured "Violet Blue," highlighted by Frishberg's sparse piano and the gorgeous playing of Royal. The pianist does justice to solo interpretations of Fats Waller's "Alligator Crawl" and Jelly Roll Morton's playful rag "King Porter Stomp." Only one Frishberg original is present, his warm tribute "Dear Bix," in which he honors the tragically short-lived cornetist with an almost conversational vocal; a buoyant solo version of Beiderbecke's "In a Mist" is a nice bonus. The second disc is also primarily a quintet session, with valve trombonist Rob McConnell and trumpeter Snooky Young prominently featured. Frishberg's songwriting is more in evidence with his campy lyrics to Johnny Mandel's "Brenda Starr" and with "Matty," his heartfelt tribute to early baseball great Christy Matthewson, but the whimsical lyrics to "Let's Eat Home" and his hysterical lines in "I Was Ready" and "Lookin' Good" will be of interest to those who favor Frishberg's unique blend of jazz and comedy. He also salutes his late friend Al Cohn and Billy Strayhorn with inventive medleys, and delivers a powerful solo version of Duke Ellington's "The Mooche" as well. This two-CD set will be hard for most jazz fans to pass up, especially with the attractive price. ~ Ken Dryden