They co-composed "I'm Hip" 35 years ago and their paths have crossed many times since then. They worked together on Schoolhouse Rock. And yet, Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg had not yet recorded an album together. This one, created last year in performance at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, is due to be released October 24th.
What individuals! As songwriters, both have come up with memorable keepers. For this performance, two grand pianos were placed facing each other on the stage. They do almost half the program together in that manner. In addition, each performs four songs alone.
Besides their comical, vaudevillian show tunes, the program includes pretty ballads such as Frishberg's "Underdog" & "You Are There" and Dorough's "Devil May Care" & "Nothing Like You." This program, an overview from both of these not-to-be-missed songsters, heralds the work of two very different jazz singers. Both Dorough and Frishberg represent tongue-in-cheek hipster humor while maintaining excellent musical standards throughout.
Track Listing: Rockin' in Rhythm; Who's On First?; Lookin' Good; Too Long in L.A.; You Are There; The Underdog; Where You At?; Health Food Nut; Devil May Care; Nothing Like You; Hong Kong Blues; I'm Hip; Saturday Dance; Conjuction Junction.
Personnel: Bob Dorough: vocal, piano; Dave Frishberg: vocal, piano.
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total)
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total). He saw an alto sax on my neck and said: Hey, how about you there, would you like to play something for us? I played a piece with the piano. OK, said Lee, how about you play something unaccompanied? Oh yeah! I was deep into transcribing Sonny Stitt and pretty much into playing as fast as possible as many right notes as possible. So I played Oleo in about 300 beats per minute and was very proud of myself. Lee was tapping his foot all the way through. Hmm, he said, that was in time and all that... (I thought - yeah, of course, haha!) and then he said, You've got a lot of quantity, how about quality? It took me 15 years to realize what he meant.