Bob Stewart/Hank Jones: Take Two
For this session, Stewart has surrounded himself with outstanding jazz players. Frank Wess' tenor complements Stewart on several tunes, but it is especially telling on "Body and Soul." His flute flutters behind Stewart on "Don't Misunderstand" which is one of the two cuts with string arrangements, the other being "Did I Remember." These two are the most dramatic performances on the disc. Ubiquitous bassist Michael Moore and Lewis provide a solid foundation for the session. However, it is master jazz pianist Hank Jones who makes this album work, gleaming in a role he has occupied many times over his long career as the pianist behind the singer. Right from the first cut "September in the Rain" to the album's coda "In a Sentimental Mood," Jones sets the stage for Stewart's vocal interpretations. He also gets several solo opportunities, as on "Close Your Eyes" and "Alone Togther." With a play list of 14 solid standards, along with Stewart's strong but understated reading of the material and the presence of fine musicians, Take Two is an album which belongs in the collection of every lover of the jazz vocal.
Tracks:September in the Rain; Skylark; What a Little Moonlight Can Do; Body and Soul; Never Let Me Go; Close Your Eyes; Don't Misunderstand; Day in Day Out; Alone Together; Secret Love; Did I Remember; If You Could See Me Now; Speak Low; In a Sentimental Mood
Personnel: Bob Stewart - Vocals; Frank Wess - Tenor Sax/Flute; Michael Moore - Bass; Mel Lewis - Drums; The Perricone Strings
Record Label: VWC Records