Rick Haydon & John Pizzarelli: Just Friends (2006)
Their breezy interpretation of "Perdido swings like mad. They have a lot of fun with a trio of Al Cohn compositionsthe playful "Chasin' the Blues, the slinky "Two Funky People, and the brisk swinging blues "Halley's Comet. Haydon and Pizzarelli also delve into bossa nova with an upbeat arrangement of "Tony's Tune, composed by the late, long-time Tonight Show guitarist Tony Mottola.
Pizzarelli's individual showcase is a lyrical treatment of the infrequently performed "Sometime Ago, while Haydon's rendition of the warhorse "Old Folks is both nostalgic and wistful. It only makes sense that Haydon and Pizzarelli chose a brisk rendition of "Just Friends to close their initial recording date together, as it is obvious that they had a ball making this disc.
Track Listing: Chasin' the Blues; Two Funky; Sometime Ago; Halley's Comet; Look for the Silver Lining; Samba de Orfeu; It's a Wonderful World; Old Folks; Perdido; Tony's Tune; Just Friends.
Personnel: Rick Haydon: 7-string electric guitar; John Pizzarelli: 7-string electric guitar; Martin Pizzarelli: bass; Tony Tedesco: drums.
Record Label: Mel Bay Records