Cookin' at the Corner, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Recorded at a club in Hilton Head, Les DeMerle puts together an extensive set of standards for a jumping instrumental trio with the inclusion, from time to time, of singer Bonnie Eisele. Though there is a pair of original compositions from pianist Michael Levine, the vast majority of the album hails from the American songbook and slightly later jazz and bossa classics. The songs are largely nothing you haven't heard before (of course, that's why they're standards), but the playing is good. This is what you expect from a good jazz club. It's not the quiet, smoky variety that comes to mind with torch singers, it's the sound of a trio that's genuinely happy to be playing ...
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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Recorded at a club in Hilton Head, Les DeMerle puts together an extensive set of standards for a jumping instrumental trio with the inclusion, from time to time, of singer Bonnie Eisele. Though there is a pair of original compositions from pianist Michael Levine, the vast majority of the album hails from the American songbook and slightly later jazz and bossa classics. The songs are largely nothing you haven't heard before (of course, that's why they're standards), but the playing is good. This is what you expect from a good jazz club. It's not the quiet, smoky variety that comes to mind with torch singers, it's the sound of a trio that's genuinely happy to be playing and have the chops to keep up with faster tempos and keep pumping out energy (largely courtesy of DeMerle's pounding drums). DeMerle is the cornerstone of the group, creating the musical direction with his powerful rhythm but also providing capable vocals for the catchy, tongue-in-cheek "Bennie's from Heaven," among others. Levine alternates between exquisite comping behind DeMerle or Eisele as the case calls for, and his own frontline playing with just the right amount of bounce to work with the rest of the group while creating a little bit of separation from the department store piano players who play similar pieces so often. Eisele has a strong voice, but tempers it to fit into the role of torch singer for the softer passages (in "Stardust," for example). Overall, the Cookin at the Corner, Vol. 1 doesn't break any new ground in jazz club performance, but it does provide an excellent group a platform to play some classic compositions with their own jumping, cooking twists. Great performances all around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Origin Records
  • UPC: 805558247125
  • Catalog Number: 82471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cookin' at the Corner - Bonnie Eisele (4:14)
  2. 2 It Might as Well Be Spring - Bonnie Eisele (4:56)
  3. 3 Bennie's from Heaven - Bonnie Eisele (3:21)
  4. 4 Cute - Bonnie Eisele (4:05)
  5. 5 Satin Doll/Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Bonnie Eisele (5:36)
  6. 6 Agua de Beber - Bonnie Eisele (3:50)
  7. 7 Lullaby of Birdland - Bonnie Eisele (3:54)
  8. 8 Stardust - Bonnie Eisele (5:31)
  9. 9 Smack Dab in the Middle - Bonnie Eisele (3:27)
  10. 10 The Shadow of Your Smile - Bonnie Eisele (5:15)
  11. 11 The More I See You - Bonnie Eisele (3:10)
  12. 12 What a Difference a Day Made - Bonnie Eisele (3:34)
  13. 13 Compared to What - Bonnie Eisele (6:53)
  14. 14 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid - Bonnie Eisele (2:20)
  15. 15 I Do Love You - Bonnie Eisele (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les DeMerle Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals
Michael Levine Piano
Ricky Ravelo Bass
Bonnie Eisele Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
George Shearing Composer
Lester Young Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Les DeMerle Producer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Frank Foster Author
Mack Gordon Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Michael Levine Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Mark Guenther Mastering
Henry Warren Composer
Chuck Calhoun Composer
Bonnie Eisele Producer
Bob Masteller Author
Robert Spencer Liner Notes
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