Title - 'Just Imagine'
Artist - Dave Miller Trio
For those not in the know, pianist Dave Miller has been a fixture on the Northern California jazz scene for quite a few years.
Early in his life he discovered the music of George Shearing whose quintet made bebop accessible in the 1950s, and he considers Shearing an important influence on his own playing although Miller has his own voice in straight ahead jazz.
Shearing was born August 13th, 1919 so Miller's brand new album entitled Just Imagine is a celebration of his centennial in addition to being a tribute to his artistry and the wide range of his music.
Indeed, rather than recreating Shearing’s hits, Miller and his regular trio with bassist Chuck Bennett and drummer Bill Belasco perform both standards and superior obscurities that Shearing had played along the way.
1. 'One For The Woofer'
2. 'You Took Advantage Of Me'
3. 'The Bebop Irishman'
4. 'I'd Love To Make Love To You'
6. 'A Foggy Day'
7. 'A Beautiful Friendship'
9. 'You Must Believe In Spring'
10. 'This Time The Dream's On Me'
12. 'A Time For Love'
13. 'All My Tomorrows'
14. 'Just Imagine'
The trio kicks things off in fine style with both the upbeat and emotive duo of 'One For The Woofer' and the bass-led delight 'You Took Advantage of Me.'
The sterner 'The Bebop Irishman' is backed by the late night jazz club feel to 'I'd Love to Make Love to You,' which in turn is followed by both the pointed 'Bittersweet' and then comes my own personal favorite, their take on George and Ira Gershwin's delightful 'A Foggy Day.'
Next up is the soft shoe shuffle of 'A Beautiful Friendship' which is followed by the perky 'Confirmation,' the laid back and emotive 'You Must Believe in Spring,' and the sprightly, and up tempo 'This Time the Dream's on Me.'
The album then rounds out with the musical, and thoroughly unique-sounding instrument beatboxing found within 'Careful,' the ornately grand 'A Time for Love,' the finger snappin' 'All My Tomorrows,' and then finishes on the opulent title track itself.
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