John Eaton: Live At Steinway Hall
On "One For My Baby," Eaton lends gritty vocals to the performance, consistent with his jaunty, bluesy piano playing. The beautiful sound quality on this disc reflects the acoustics of the hall and the fine Steinway instrument at his disposal. Eaton certainly has a handle on the idiosyncratic melodies and harmonies of his two musical heroes, but he spends so much time exploring quiet and sensitive moments that Live At Steinway Hall rapidly becomes unremittently languid and dull. For certain listeners, this ultra-understated, undeviatingly introspective approach may provide quiet listening satisfaction, but I'd rather listen to something with a little more punch and pizzazz.
Track Listing: Let's Fall In Love; For You , For Me, Forever More; Willow Weep For Me; That Old Black Magic; A Foggy Day (In London Town); One For My Baby; Love Walked In; My Shining Hour; S'Wonderful; When The Sun Comes Out; I Got Rhythm; Can't We Be Friends; Wizard of Oz Medley; Paper Moon; I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues; Oh! Lady Be Good; I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise; Somebody Loves Me.
Personnel: John Eaton, piano and vocals.
Record Label: Chiaroscuro Records