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A nod to a contemporary artistvocalist Laura Mvulacame with "Father, Father," but it was back to the splendor of the past with Ellington's "Love You Madly." "Mood Indigo" may have been tweaked quite a bit, but this Ellingtonian entry was more in line with common practice. Gazarek's only nod to Blossom & Bee came with "The Lies Of Handsome Men," which was moving on the album, but emotionally overwhelming in performance. This particular performance proved to be a tear-inducing take on that Blossom Dearie-associated number. The set came to a close with Nick Drake's "River Man," a song that everybody from pianist Brad Mehldau to vocalist Kate McGarry has recorded. The Gazarek-Nelson rendition held onto plenty of Drake-isms, but it took a detour with Gazarek's mid-song recitation of poet Sara Teasdale's "The River." The poem fit the song perfectly, the song fit the mood in the room, the room suited Gazarek and Nelson, and the audience witnessed one of the best modern day piano-voice matches in action.
I love jazz because it is a pure American music and can be expressed in different ways depending upon the artist.
I was first exposed to jazz while as a teenager I listened to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, on a jazz
radio station in New York City.