Derek Smith – High Energy (2002)

Derek Smith - High Energy (2002)
Artist: Derek Smith
Album: High Energy
Genre: Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz
Origin: UK
Released: 2002
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Like Someone in Love [03:40]
How Deep Is the Ocean [04:08]
Fools Rush In [04:58]
Girl Talk [04:46]
Doxy [04:12]
Lazy Afternoon [02:43]
On Green Dolphin Street [04:35]
Alone Together [06:18]
Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most [02:55]
Here’s That Rainy Day [04:34]
Let’s Fall in Love [04:14]
I Love You [03:51]
Teach Me Tonight [04:33]
Theme from the Second Movement of Concerto de Aranjuez [03:14]
St. Thomas [03:40]


Although Derek Smith arrived in New York City in 1957 and has recorded and performed in a variety of settings in and out of jazz, the veteran pianist made relatively few record dates as a leader during his long career. That’s one reason that this trio session for Arbors Jazz is so special. Joined by bassist Nicki Parrott and drummer Joe Ascione, Smith brings a freshness to such familiar standards as “Like Someone in Love,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” and “Alone Together.” His jaunty take of Sonny Rollins’ “Doxy” and a lively version of the tenor saxophonist’s Caribbean-flavored “St. Thomas” (the latter of which is kicked off without the leader) contrast with Neal Hefti’s soft-spoken ballad “Girl Talk.” It’s hard to debate with liner-note writer Dr. Chuck Berg that Smith’s poignant solo interpretation of “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.” It is a safe bet that everyone in the studio was all smiles by the time the recording was completed, so this Derek Smith CD should be considered an essential purchase by jazz piano fans.
Review by Ken Dryden