Junior Mance Trio & Orchestra: That Lovin' Feelin' (2002)
Sure, there’s a gimmick here and one that was very popular during the ‘60s, that is, covering the themes of popular movies and Broadway shows. Still, it is Liston’s finesse and Mance’s golden touch that raised the bar for what could have been a real clunker. I’ve owned several copies of the original vinyl and have always been enamored by the charming nature of this music. Now, it’s even better to hear it all in CD quality sound.
With things stripped down to a basic rhythm section, 1972’s That Lovin’ Feelin’ is solid but less distinctive by contrast. It might have been a better idea to throw in another one of Mance’s Riverside trio dates, for sound continuity alone. Still, tracks like “Mean Old Frisco Blues” and “Lee’s Lament” speak strongly for Mance’s position as one of the better blues-based players of modern times.
Track Listing: Never on Sunday, Maria (from West Side Story); Tara's Theme (from Gone with the Wind); Fanny; On Green Dolphin Street; One-Eyed Jacks; Exodus; Invitation; The Apartment; Goodbye Again; Spellbound; You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'; Mean Old Frisco Blues; Out South; The Good Life; Cubano Chant; Boss Blues; Blowin' in the Wind; When Sunny Gets Blue; Lee's Lament
Personnel: Junior Mance (piano)with orchestra arranged and conducted by Melba Liston; Aaron Bell, Bob Cranshaw, Bob Cunningham, Oliver Jackson, Jimmy Lovelace, Ralph MacDonald, Harold White
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz