For The Rat On My Piano, Gerald Kuhn has gathered an assembly of musicians curiously termed the Eclectrophonics Jazz Ensemble. These players have applied their varied styles and talents to music played in the manner of the 1950's and thereafter, from swing to pop to funk. This disc was recorded in California with tons of overdubbing, including the imaginative, melodic trombone of Kuhn laid down behind the syncopated beat of the leader and his cohorts. The upshot of it all are some tuneful experiences, none of which will leave lasting musical memories either with the performers or the listeners. There is plenty of room for improvisation, such as on the group's rendering of "Phil's Request". And there are some entertaining vocal solos by Kayre Morrison. But most of all, the music is sufficiently unobtrusive that it will not get anyone very excited.
There's nothing window shattering here, just pleasant arrangements of standards played by your slightly above average big band. Have fun. What the rat has got to do with all of this is a bit beyond me. Check out more about this eclectic group at www.nuketownmusic.com
Track Listing: Unsettled; I've Got the World on a String; Bewitched, Bothered and
Bewildered; 7 & 2; Watermelon Man; Forgotten Memories; The Rat on My
Piano; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Willow Weep for Me; Denise;
Sidewinder; Let There Be Love; Close; Phil's Request; Hello Young
Personnel: The Eclectrophonics Jazz Ensemble (made of up a large number of
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.