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My Muse
     

My Muse

by George Cables
 
Not long after going through a serious illness of his own, George Cables lost the love of his life, Helen Wray, to pancreatic cancer. His partner of 28 years inspired him over much of his career, as he wrote several pieces in her honor. Bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis are two veterans who are a welcome addition to any

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Not long after going through a serious illness of his own, George Cables lost the love of his life, Helen Wray, to pancreatic cancer. His partner of 28 years inspired him over much of his career, as he wrote several pieces in her honor. Bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis are two veterans who are a welcome addition to any record date. The lush "Lullaby," sometimes played by the pianist as an opening and closing theme song (it was also a favorite of his the late alto saxophonist Frank Morgan), is the perfect way to open this heartfelt album, played as a whispering solo. The second is the joyful "Helen's Song," an understated samba that buoys the spirits. The third piece honoring Helen is the funky, infectious "My Muse," which blends the perfect mix of soul and Latin flavor. Although many of the other songs were written by other composers, there is little doubt that the pianist was thinking of his late spouse when he performed them. Cables puts a different stamp on McCoy Tyner's gorgeous "You Taught My Heart to Sing" by adding a compelling improvised introduction, while he gets a bit mischievous in his interpretation of the old chestnut "My Old Flame" by adding a few Tatum-like flourishes. Lewis, long an underrated composer, penned and previously recorded his potent post-bop piece "Hey, It's Me You're Talkin' To," as the trio dives full force into its conversational-like theme. My Muse is easily one of George Cables' outstanding releases in his extensive discography.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2012
Label:
Highnote
UPC:
0632375724429
catalogNumber:
757244
Rank:
98830

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Cables   Primary Artist,Piano
Victor Lewis   Drums
Essiet Essiet   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
George Cables   Producer,Liner Notes
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
McCoy Tyner   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Katherine Miller   Engineer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
R. Mellin   Composer
V. Lewis   Composer
M. Dixon   Composer
H. Warren   Composer
A. Johnston   Composer

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