Younger Than Springtime

Younger Than Springtime

by Ross Tompkins
     
 

Ross Tompkins is best known for his 25-year tenure as the band pianist on The Tonight Show but, since leaving that gig when Johnny Carson retired from television in 1992, he has recorded some excellent jazz dates, including this CD of solo piano. Tompkins not only gets a chance to stretch out but he is the one calling the tunes,See more details below

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Ross Tompkins is best known for his 25-year tenure as the band pianist on The Tonight Show but, since leaving that gig when Johnny Carson retired from television in 1992, he has recorded some excellent jazz dates, including this CD of solo piano. Tompkins not only gets a chance to stretch out but he is the one calling the tunes, which consist of a wide range of material from Broadway and gems of the Great American Songbook to landmarks written by jazz icons and even an occasional surprise or two. Some songs, like the lyrical "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" and "Blame It on My Youth," never seem to fall out of fashion in the jazz world, yet Tompkins' interpretations bring out something new from within them. He playfully hints at "Holiday for Strings" as he introduces "Violets for Your Furs," a once-popular ballad that has been little explored since the 1950s. His stop-and-go waltzing arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss" and the tension that he builds within Artie Shaw's "Moonray" are additional examples of his inventiveness. But perhaps the biggest surprise is the inclusion of a Rod McKuen work in the midst of compositions by far greater composers. Although the mere mention of McKuen's name is likely to provoke glazed expressions of complete boredom among most jazz fans, Tompkins turns "Jean" into a softly swinging ballad that seems like it could be a folk tune from the 19th century. Highly recommended.

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Editorial Reviews

52nd St. Jazz
The gentleman at The Tonight Show piano finally emerges as the imaginative and seasoned performer who too seldom had the chance to let listeners sit back and enjoy the volumes of experiences he could communicate from his fingertips.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2001
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941123722
catalogNumber:
19237

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  1. Younger Than Springtime  - Ross Tompkins
  2. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye  - Ross Tompkins
  3. Jean  - Ross Tompkins
  4. So in Love  - Ross Tompkins
  5. Violets for Your Furs  - Ross Tompkins
  6. If I Loved You  - Ross Tompkins
  7. Nancy (With the Laughing Face)  - Ross Tompkins
  8. Deep Night  - Ross Tompkins
  9. Foolish Heart  - Ross Tompkins
  10. I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)  - Ross Tompkins
  11. Prelude to a Kiss  - Ross Tompkins
  12. Moonray  - Ross Tompkins
  13. Blame It on My Youth  - Ross Tompkins
  14. It Never Entered My Mind  - Ross Tompkins
  15. Be My Love  - Ross Tompkins

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