The Drummonds: When You Wish Upon A Star
The opening cut, “Nature Boy,” is a good example of the trio’s overall sound. After Rosnes’ brief introduction, the bass and drums enter and establish a medium tempo while the piano states a partially reharmonized version of the melody. Rosnes fashions a solo that is full of daring bop lines yet firmly grounded by the accompaniment. “Alone Together” begins with Ray Drummond playing the head over Rosnes’ chords, features a solo consisting of dancing phrases by the pianist, and an exchange of eights and fours between the bass and drums.
The highlight of the set is a stunning version of Arlen and Harburg’s “Over The Rainbow.” Amidst the Drummonds’ sensitive support, Rosnes’ understated treatment captures the tune’s exquisite melancholy without becoming dramatic or sentimental.
Track List:Nature Boy; Autumn In New York; Over The Rainbow; Alone Together; When You Wish Upon A Star; Danny Boy; Lullaby of Birdland; Sound of Silence; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Like Someone In Love.
Personnel: Billy Drummond
Record Label: 32 Records