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Do It Like This
     

Do It Like This

by Jon Mayer
 
Although Jon Mayer was first active during the 1950s on the New York jazz scene, this 1996 studio date is only his second recording as a leader; bassist Bob Maize and drummer Harold Mason make up the rest of his trio. The veteran pianist kicks things off nicely with an obscure piece by the late pianist

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Although Jon Mayer was first active during the 1950s on the New York jazz scene, this 1996 studio date is only his second recording as a leader; bassist Bob Maize and drummer Harold Mason make up the rest of his trio. The veteran pianist kicks things off nicely with an obscure piece by the late pianist Victor Feldman, "Azul Serape"; the only complaint one could register with Mayer's post-bop arrangement of this overlooked gem is its premature fadeout (while the old favorite "Like Someone in Love" swings just as hard without suffering the same engineering fate). His unaccompanied interpretation of the standard "If I Should Lose You" is both spacious and lush. Mayer also wrote several of the CD's tunes, including "Randy's Tune," a piece named in honor of Randy Weston and worthy of comparison to Weston's style of playing; "Ballad for Trane" was actually shared by Mayer with John Coltrane (although the late saxophonist never recorded it commercially); it is a lovely understated composition. Tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts is a special guest on several songs, adding his warm vibrato to Mayer's pretty tribute to his wife, "Shari's Bolero," and bringing along his own beautiful ballad "Lonely Hearts" to the session as well. Jon Mayer is an artist deserving of wider recognition.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/1998
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917312928
catalogNumber:
73129

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