Just Me, Just You

Just Me, Just You

by Larry Ham

CD

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Overview

Just Me, Just You

Veteran jazz pianist Larry Ham has had golden opportunities over the years to perform with vintage and classic jazz musicians, from Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Locke, and Earl May, and has been a sideman on several CDs for the Arbors label. Now it is Ham's time as he presents his first effort, a solo piano recording. While a daunting task in having no accompanists, Ham pulls it off with a set of beautiful, affable, and attentively constructed standards, including a handful of originals. The unhurried quality of this date is unmistakable and welcome in the rat race society. More so, his smart way of thinking through these tunes goes beyond simplicity while also not being so complex as to ignore basic melodies. What Ham offers is a distinctly seasoned and historically accurate program that displays good common sense and practiced, well-rendered jazz that any listener -- younger or older -- can relate to. Of Ham's three originals, "Brenda's Waltz" is a modern modal tune, "Ridin' the Blues" a loping down-home song, and "The Ring" a sincere, poignant, heartfelt proposal to wed in waltz time. Just for fun, he tosses in the calypso "Don't Mess wit' Nobody But Me," throws staggered gallop phrases at "Just You, Just Me," and joyously bounces along during the fleet and inventive "My Shining Hour," the best track. Of the more developed pieces, Ham lets the melody of Bud Powell's on "I'll Keep Loving You" unfold graciously, but injects some stride-like nuances. "If I Should Lose You" begins in a slow pleading manner, but turns bubbly and hopeful. Included are good swingers, very slow if not dainty torch songs, and the kind of unpretentious professionalism you should expect from a skilled musician. Realizing patience is a virtue of the highest order, Larry Ham's innate common sense of swing makes this a delightful date.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2008
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941136722
catalogNumber: 19367

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Ham   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist

Technical Credits

Duke Pearson   Composer
Bud Powell   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jesse Greer   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes,Author
Raymond Klages   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Larry Ham   Composer,Producer
Michael Brorby   Engineer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design

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