Joe Bushkin: In Concert Town Hall (2003)
To be fair, Bushkin is still a terrific pianist who can play as fast and as accurately as anyone out there, but one gets the sense that he is content to please an audience with technical wizardry and never seems to be working all that hard to be inventive. Guitarist Chuck Wayne seems to be the real treat, but is rendered inaudible most of the time except for a few brief solos (he seems to have difficulty finding a role in the context).
The program is standard fare for cocktail lounges and cabaretsGershwin, Berlin, Porterall delivered with a sense of importance and sweeping drama. None of this is all that bad, but can you really purchase this album when there’s so much other stuff out there that’s more accomplished and nuanced? Pick up a Bill Evans record instead.
Track Listing: 1. The Man That Got Away 2. The "Porgy And Bess" Medley: A) Bess You Is My Woman B) It Ain't Necessarily So C) Summertime D) The Man I Love 3. I Can't Get Started 4. They Can't Take That Away From Me 5. The Song Is Ended 6. The Cole Porter Medley: A) You're Sensational B) Love For Sale C) It's All Right With Me 7. One For My Baby 8. I've Got A Crush On You 9. Just One Of Those Things.
Personnel: Joe Bushkin-piano; Chuck Wayne-guitar; Ed Shaughnessy-percussion; Milt Hinton-bass.
Record Label: Collectables