P>While Mike Wofford has a very respectable discography as a leader going back to 1966, it's his work as the consummate accompanist that many remember. He has backed some of the great vocalists of our time including Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Lorez Alexandria. His presence has also been a stabilizing effect for newer vocalists including Mary Ann Douglas, Jackie Ryan and Madeline Eastman. But on this album he shows he is pianist of considerable skill in his own right.
Time Cafe presents a balanced play list of standards, originals and less familiar material played either with his trio or in solo. Irrespective of its origins, each song gets a thorough workout from the imaginative mind and skilled hands of Mr. Wofford. He's a deep thinker on "Cyprus" where he first converses with drummer Duncan Moore and then with Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz's bass. He then becomes quite energized on an almost seven minute excursion with his own "H²" which includes a scintillating, fast hands solo by Moore. On the standards, Wofford tends to embellish more than on the other material. One reason, of course, is that standards attract good jazz musicians because their structure opens the door for the player to be challenged and creative more so than on lesser compositions. Ironically, it's the fact that such standards are structured that allows jazz players to create extended improvisations. "My Heart Stood Still" goes on for more than seven minutes and nothing is repeated.
There's nothing like a good piano trio CD to liven up one's day and Mike Wofford's latest will brighten things up considerably. Recommended. Visit Mike's highly informative web site at www.mikewofford.com.
Track Listing: My Heart Stood Still; A Little 3/4; Just One of Those Things; You Go to My Head; Precious Moments; Take the Coltrane; Time on My Hands; Time Caf
Personnel: Mike Wofford - Piano; Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz - Bass; Duncan Moore - Drums
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.