The Ray Kennedy Trio – Plays The Music of Arthur Schwartz (2007)

The Ray Kennedy Trio - Plays The Music of Arthur Schwartz (2007)
Artist: The Ray Kennedy Trio
Album: Plays The Music of Arthur Schwartz
Genre: Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2007
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
By Myself [05:31]
That’s Entertainment [03:40]
Where Do I Go From You [03:59]
A Shine on Your Shoes [04:14]
The Dreamer [04:32]
You and the Night and the Music [03:34]
Somehting to Remember You By [04:28]
I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan [03:26]
Make the Man Love Me [05:15]
Rhode Island Is Famous for You [05:25]
If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You [03:28]
A Rainy Day [04:38]
Alone Together [06:04]
Haunted Heart [03:11]
Dancing in the Dark [05:12]

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Arthur Schwartz doesn’t get album-length tributes as often as guys like Jerome Kern and Cole Porter and the Gershwin brothers, but he certainly should: even if you don’t know his name, you know the names of songs for which he wrote the music: “That’s Entertainment,” “You and the Night and the Music,” “Haunted Heart,” “‘Dancing in the Dark.” On this sweet tribute album, pianist Ray Kennedy leads his trio and guest guitarist Joe Cohn through a set that includes all of those as well as a few less famous tunes, all of them played with decorous elegance and consummate taste. There are a couple of strange moments (such as the inexplicable fadeout on the otherwise wonderful rendition of “By Myself” that opens the album) and one or two mild disappointments (such as when Kennedy struggles to keep up with the rhythm section during his solo on “That’s Entertainment”) but for the most part, this is old-school small-ensemble jazz of the highest order. The band swings sturdily on an excellent rendition of “Shine on Your Shoes” and plays with heartbreaking tenderness on a slow version of “Make the Man Love Me,” but perhaps the program’s finest moment comes on Kennedy’s wonderfully flowing solo piano arrangement of “Haunted Heart.” Highly recommended overall.
Review by Rick Anderson