James Taylor 'Teach Me Tonight'

Drawn from American Standard to be released at the end of February… well what to say on this so far? Of course it is easy listening. Pretty superior easy listening put it that way, kind of on another planet in terms of gentle touch and communication.

Published: 23 Jan 2020. Updated: 21 months.

Drawn from American Standard to be released at the end of February… well what to say on this so far? Of course it is easy listening. Pretty superior easy listening put it that way, kind of on another planet in terms of gentle touch and communication.

You are not turning to Sweet Baby James for death metal are you?

Publicity suggests a leaning towards ''simple, stripped-down arrangements are based on the 2-guitar collaboration of James Taylor and John Pizzarelli.''

The Steve Gadd groove authoritative as usual on this track, one that is full of warm love, personnel on the album includes a heap of great jazz players: Gadd, drums, Luis Conte, percussion; Jimmy Johnson, bass; Viktor Krauss, upright bass; Larry Goldings, melodica/Hammond B3 Organ; Walt Fowler, trumpet/flugelhorn; Lou Marini, clarinet/sax; Stuart Duncan, violin; Jerry Douglas, dobro; Arnold McCuller, vocals; Kate Markowitz, vocals; Andrea Zonn, vocals; Dorian Holley, vocals; Caroline Taylor, vocals.

Album tracks are: 1 My Blue Heaven (Walter Donaldson-George A. Whiting) 2 Moon River (Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer) 3 Teach Me Tonight (Gene De Paul-Sammy Cahn) 4 As Easy As Rolling Off A Log (M.K. Jerome-Jack Scholl) 5 Almost Like Being In Love (Frederick Loewe-Alan Jay Lerner) 6 Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat (Frank Loesser) 7 The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael-Ned Washington) 8 You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught (Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II) 9 God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday-Arthur Herzog Jr.) 10 Pennies From Heaven (Arthur Johnston-Johnny Burke) 11 My Heart Stood Still (Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart) 12 Ol’ Man River (Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II) 13 It’s Only A Paper Moon (Harold Arlen-Yip Hardburg-Billy Rose) 14 The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II)

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First listen: A Certain Continuum by Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez

'A Certain Continuum,' heralds Secrets Are The Best Stories to be released in April. On the album percussionists Román Díaz & Rogério Boccato, drummer Johnathan Blake and bassist Clark Sommers join Kurt Elling and Danilo Pérez plus guests Chico …

Published: 23 Jan 2020. Updated: 15 months.

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'A Certain Continuum,' heralds Secrets Are The Best Stories to be released in April. On the album percussionists Román Díaz & Rogério Boccato, drummer Johnathan Blake and bassist Clark Sommers join Kurt Elling and Danilo Pérez plus guests Chico Pinheiro and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón.

The track derives from a Jaco Pastorius composition 'Continuum'. The upcoming album to be issued by the Edition label also includes Vince Mendoza, Silvio Rodríguez and Django Bates material plus Pérez and Wayne Shorter originals.

Danilo Pérez and Kurt Elling photo: Anna Webber/Edition

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