John Lewis: Evolution (2002)
One of the highlights of this CD is a gospel jazz composition entitled "For Ellington, which much like Ellington's subtle piano pieces deepens with each hearing beyond its surface simplicity. This cut is a "tribute" in the best sense of the word, both moving and sincere. Of the eleven cuts on the disc five are Lewis compositions, including a striking interpretation of the Modern Jazz Quartet classic "Django" which Lewis frames in an ominous tango-like feel. Lewis also covers "Sweet Georgia Brown, Willow Weep For Me, Cherokee, and other standards with an extraordinary precision of thought and emotion. John Lewis wastes not a note in this wonderful CD, and we are the luckier for it.
Track Listing: Sweet Georgia Brown; September Song; Afternoon in Paris; Two Degrees East,Three Degrees West; I'll Remember April; Django; Willow Weep For Me; Cherokee; For Ellington; Don't Blame Me;At The Horse Show.
Personnel: John Lewis, solo piano.
Record Label: Atlantic Jazz