Lone Hill Jazz
The Richard Twardzik & Russ Freeman Trios
The Last Set
Sadly, the most that you'll get following the recordings with Freeman is a series of practice tapes of Twardzik warming up for a studio session that never materialized. Recorded at a friend's house, the quality is marginal, with watery sound, and a piano that could use a little tuning. It's clear that Twardzik is working through ideas that aren't fully conceptualized. While some songs are incomplete, they're no less interesting renderings. For a Bud Powell devotee, Twardzik was willing to go farther out into the stratosphere than most, yet displayed a genius's gift for constructing a solo. Listen to his spastic rendition of "'Round About Midnight.
While these recordings aren't up to the high standard set by the first half, they are nonetheless prime examples of a burgeoning genius at work honing his craft. Twardzik has not received the posthumous accolades of other short-lived musicians, but he is generally acknowledged as someone who was on the path of greatness, had his vices not taken their toll. His music deserves to be listened to, studied, and played. This compilation is a fine representation of a relatively small body of work, much of which is scarce.
Track Listing: Albuquerque Social Swim; Bess, You Is My Woman; Yellow Tango; 'Round About Midnight; I'll Remember April; A Crutch For the Crab; Just One Of Those Things; Warming Up; Nice Work If You Can Get It; 'Round About Midnight; Get Happy; It Could Happen To You; A;; The Things You Are; Yesterdays; Original; Our Love Is Here To Stay; I Get A Kick Out Of You; Bess, You Is My Woman; I'll Remember April.
Personnel: Dick Twardzik: piano; Carson Smith: bass; Jack Lawlor: bass; Peter Littman: drums.
Record Label: Lone Hill Jazz
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