Love Songs, Ballads and Standards

Love Songs, Ballads and Standards

by Irvin Mayfield
     
 
New Orleans native Irvin Mayfield was devastated to learn that Hurricane Katrina had taken the life of his father in 2005. The sessions and live performances heard on this CD were also lost to the storm, but fortunately, the trumpeter had mixes preserved on his iPod, so the music was saved. Veteran jazz educator/pianist Ellis Marsalis is Mayfield's accomplished

Overview

New Orleans native Irvin Mayfield was devastated to learn that Hurricane Katrina had taken the life of his father in 2005. The sessions and live performances heard on this CD were also lost to the storm, but fortunately, the trumpeter had mixes preserved on his iPod, so the music was saved. Veteran jazz educator/pianist Ellis Marsalis is Mayfield's accomplished partner for this far-reaching mix of standards, jazz compositions, and modern pop, adding a rhythm section and, on some tracks, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Mayfield's sound is heartfelt throughout, while Marsalis' reserved style of playing is the perfect complement. The lush setting of "My One and Only Love" and the moody "'Round Midnight" are obvious highlights. Separate versions of the Beatles' "Yesterday," one of their best ballads, open and close the CD. But some of the pop material does not hold up as well. In spite of Mayfield's best efforts, Leon Russell's "Superstar" and Norah Jones' huge hit "Don't Know Why" quickly wear out their welcome with their repetitious themes. Surprisingly, Burt Bacharach's "A House Is Not a Home," recorded by more than a few jazz musicians, is hampered by a dull rhythm backing. But a few rough spots don't prevent Irvin Mayfield from delivering a romantic CD of his favorite ballads.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Basin Street Records
UPC:
0652905040522
catalogNumber:
405
Rank:
161509

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Tracks

  1. Yesterday
  2. Superstar
  3. Romeo and Juliet
  4. My One and Only Love
  5. Mo' Betta Blues
  6. Round Midnight
  7. Don't Know Why
  8. In a Sentimental Mood
  9. Come Rain or Shine
  10. Like a Star
  11. Blame It on the Sun
  12. A House Is Not a Home
  13. You and I
  14. Yesterday

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Irvin Mayfield   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Ellis Marsalis   Piano
Neal Caine   Bass Guitar
Jaz Sawyer   Drums

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Irvin Mayfield   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Mark Samuels   Executive Producer
Greg Miles   Art Direction
Corinne Bailey Rae   Composer

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