149

Bill Mays Trio: Live at Jazz Standard

Ken Franckling By

Sign in to view read count
Bill Mays Trio: Live at Jazz Standard After six years together, pianist Bill Mays, bassist Martin Wind, and drummer Matt Wilson decided to record in the setting where most musicians say magic really happens: feeding off the energy of a live audience. This disc was recorded over three nights last December at New York's Jazz Standard.

Mays is one of the deeper mainstream pianists around, and his many years of accompanying singers from Sarah Vaughan and Sheila Jordan to Peggy Lee and Helen Merrill (not to mention his pop work) has fine-tuned comping skills that are evident whenever the other bandmates take their own solos.

This trio has developed an intuitive and eclectic approach to music in progress. The tunes range from standards, Tin Pan Alley classics, and Broadway hits to a pair of Mays originals, each getting six minutes or more of creative interpretation.

Even the rather straightforward opener—"Have You Met Miss Jones? —is filled with melodic variety; Mays throws in a snippet of Fats Waller's "Jiitterbug Waltz and a few other teasers. Mays and Wind use artful pauses and melodic departures to suggest they're squeezing the time on "Squeeze Me —but they fall back into Wilson's steady beat.

Wind's bowed bass sets the melodic tone on "...Glocca Morra from Broadway's Finian's Rainbow and sets up a tasty Mays solo. The music gets non-traditional on the trio's approaches to "Darn That Dream as the melody is artfully introduced with plucked piano strings and bass counterpoint—a technique that follows on "Willow Weep for Me and is unforced and ungimmicky.

Mays' "Music House is a freewheeling tune that offers intense, up-tempo interplay, while his ballad "Euterpe displays Wilson's knack for unconventional percussive accents. Monk's "Let's Call This fits in with the band's unpredictable nature, offering Mays a chance to weave in a number of other compositional references to Monk. Ornette Coleman's "When Will the Blues Leave? is another fine bass showcase for Wind, both in the introduction and as a strong underpinning for the solos that follow. "Smile ends Live at Jazz Standard with depth and interplay that no doubt had the crowd smiling and applauding.

Track Listing: Have You Met Miss Jones?; Squeeze Me; How are Things in Glocca Morra?; Darn That Dream; Music House; Let's Call This; Euterpe; Willow Weep for Me; When Will the Blues Leave?; Smile.

Personnel: Bill Mays: piano; Matt Wilson: drums; Martin Wind: bass.

Title: Live at Jazz Standard | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Palmetto Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Eleven Cages CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Cages
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Afro-Caribbean Mixtape CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 27, 2017
Read The Late Trane CD/LP/Track Review The Late Trane
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "Eleven Cages" CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Cages
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 27, 2017
Read "Away With You" CD/LP/Track Review Away With You
by Troy Dostert
Published: October 18, 2016
Read "The Seasons" CD/LP/Track Review The Seasons
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 11, 2017
Read "Rumi Songs" CD/LP/Track Review Rumi Songs
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 4, 2016
Read "Altadena" CD/LP/Track Review Altadena
by Mark F. Turner
Published: December 9, 2016
Read "TajMo" CD/LP/Track Review TajMo
by James Nadal
Published: April 19, 2017

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.