Taylor Ho Bynum/Eric Rosenthal: and only life my lush lament
Listeners who consider Coltrane's version of "My Favorite Things" to be a radical reworking of the tune will be surprised by the translation here where only remnants of its original structure are recognizable. Ho Bynum's beguiling brass sprays muted murmuring slurs across a boiling background of cymbals and snare drum fills for most of the piece's length echoing only a tangential regard for the melody. "Lush Life," "Mood Indigo" and the rest are similarly transformed. Along the way a breathtaking array of sympathetic sonorities are brought to light and the pair never falters in maintaining the sensitive level of communication which is so important in such a stripped down setting. The take on bebop is particularly humorous and finds Rosenthal switching to what sounds like a slide whistle for the opening dialogue. Less adventurous listeners may be appalled by liberties these two take. Recognizing and reveling in their audacity is part of the fun.
Track Listing: My Favorite Things; Lush Life; Prelude; Mood Indigo; My Romance; BeBop; Interlude; Naima; Lonnie's Lament; My One and Only Love; Finale.
Personnel: Taylor Ho Bynum: trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet; Eric Rosenthal: percussion.
Style: Modern Jazz