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Tommy Cecil: Our Time: Sondheim Duos, Volume 2

Read "Our Time: Sondheim Duos, Volume 2" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This is the follow-up to the 2012 Side By Side: Sondheim Duos by the same brilliant pairing of Tommy Cecil, bass, and Bill Mays, piano. From the opener, the jaunty “Everybody Says Don't" (from Anyone Can Whistle, 1964), it's clear that this 2013 session will unfold like the first--laced with superb technique, imaginative arrangements, feeling and wit. And also like Volume 1, this session neatly punctures the old cliché that Sondheim may be a gifted lyricist, but cannot write beautiful ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Tommy Cecil and Bill Mays: Side by Side: Sondheim Duos

Read "Side by Side: Sondheim Duos" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This is a brilliant collection of nine songs associated with composer Stephen Sondheim and delivered by the estimable pianist Bill Mays and excellent bassist Tommy Cecil. Cecil, who initiated and produced the project, is well-known in Washington, D.C., but his huge talent should bring him much wider attention. As for Mays, there's always the sense of a quick intelligence and ready humor behind those formidable chops; no pianist currently plying the trade makes more thoughtful and satisfying choices.The ...


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