|1||Sky Blues (Larry Porter)||5:06|
|2||Eadie Is A Label (Larry Porter)||6:27|
|3||Waltz For Mabel (Larry Porter)||6:28|
|4||March Blues (Larry Porter)||6:36|
|5||The River Flows But Does Not Wash Away The Moon (Larry Porter)||6:30|
|6||Homer Blues (Larry Porter)||5:23|
|7||October Blues (Larry Porter)||5:16|
|8||So Near Yet So Far Away (Larry Porter)||10:05|
|9||Menuet (J. S. Bach arranged by Larry Porter)||7:15|
|10||Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year (Frank Loesser)||7:50|
For some time now, I have been looking forward to hearing the tapes of the CD you now hold in your hands. The three musicians on this recording, friends of mine, were all enthusiastic about the results. I know them to be perceptive self-critical musicians, so their enthusiasm made me more than curious. March Blues is a gem of a recording. With its subtle complexities of angles and colors intrinsically integrated into the compositional whole, it shines with a deeply satisfying and lasting brilliance. Pianist and composer Larry Porter - bassist Thomas Stabenow - and drummer Rick Hollander - are all major players on the German-European jazz scene. They have worked together in a variety of contexts over the last several years, developing the familiarity and intuitive empathy necessary within the intimacy of a piano trio.
After the first few listenings to this recording, and upon imagining how I would approach the writing, I found myself continually coming up with superlatives for the playing on every piece. I felt the comments would become redundant. So, a few general observations about the players on this recording seem appropriate here. Rick Hollander has an off-the-wall logic to his playing which continually surprises me. What sounds straight-ahead turns out to be interlaced with delightful curves and angles. And it all fits and fills out the parts. Thomas Stabenow is the consummate accompanist. The intimacy of the trio format allows him the solo space normally given a horn player. He responds with depth, sensitivity, and clarity. Steeped in the traditions of Jazz, and other musics, Larry Porter's playing has developed into an expressive and richly creative personal style. For me, Porter has a poetic quality to his writing and playing in which I can envision stories in sound. With his ballads, I can often conceive of lyrics breathing inside the melodies.
The CD might also be titled Blues and Ballads; four of the ten compositions are blues, and four are ballads. Eight of the ten are originals written by Larry Porter.
March Blues is one of a series of twelve blues that Larry wrote. They are studies in bi-tonality, each written in a different key, representing a particular month of the year. The name instantly struck me as a play of words on Benny Golson's Blues March. The feeling here is more like an early Spring stroll, however. The playing here is tight and beautifully controlled, the three walking leisurely together, and enjoying each-other's company along the way.
The second of Porter's compositions, So Near Yet So Far Away, begins with a somber, haunting, Scriabin-like solo piano introduction leading into the trio's rendition of a theme tinged with melancholy. There are moments during this piece where I lose the sense of there being accompanist and soloist. Instead, there is the feeling of the three soloing together. One of the pleasures of this recording is this constant commingling of roles. The compositional quality of Porter - Stabenow - Hollander's improvisational playing, their ability to fill out the parts with the "right" textures and dynamics gives the music a sense of inevitability.
The medium tempo Sky Blues is aptly named. It starts firmly and funkily rooted in the earth, and then soars skyward on altered changes. The feeling of the group shifts between funky and suspended.
Waltz For Mabel (pronounced ma belle) was written for a certain Spanish lady during Porter's two year sojourn in Spain. It is a bright medium-tempo jazz waltz in the finest tradition of the genre.
Eadie Is A Lady is dedicated to Larry's mother. As a musical portrait, the upbeat and bluesy first section encompasses the lively, vivacious side of her personality. In the ballad-tempo second section the mood is more contemplative, touching more on the softer emotive, lyrical side.
Menuet is a piece transcribed from J. S. Bach's English Suite #4 for keyboard. Arranged by Porter for the trio, it starts off much in the tradition of the original composition, in a stately 3/4, and then is transformed into a lively samba in 3/4. After solos by Larry and Thomas, the composition returns to the original theme and tempo.
Frank Loesser's Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year is the only standard on the album. Larry was attracted to the song after hearing Abbey Lincoln sing it at a live concert in Munich. Porter commented, "She made the song sound as if it were written yesterday. She expressed so much just in the way she would sing a single note. It's such a feat to sing it so magically. It's the unexplainable that captivates you." In the trio's version, the composition is pared down to the essentials and played with poignant simplicity.
October Blues is another bi-tonal blues (see comments on March Blues). It is played with a straight-ahead feeling, slightly unsettled by an autumnal sense of wistfulness.
The title The River Flows, But Does Not Wash Away The Moon comes from a Chinese calligraphy sent to Larry by a long-lost close friend from Porter's college days. The title suits the composition's impressionistic brush strokes and the particular blend of hues and colors of the trio's playing.
Homer Blues is the name the street Larry Porter lived on in Munich. With its feel of ragtime and stride, this fifteen(?!) bar blues is an unabashed digging into jazz roots without becoming entangled in them. The same might be said of the entire CD. It's a beautiful set of creative music grounded in a tradition that allows for, and often insists upon, personal growth and flowering. Here for your listening pleasure is quite a unique garden of delights.
Marty Cook, Munich, January, l995
March Blues - Larry Porter Trio. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей коллекцией. Формируйте собственную коллекцию записей Larry Porter Trio. March Blues. So Near Yet So Far Away. Sky free to Larry Porter Trio March Blues March Blues, So Near Yet So Far Away and more. 9 tracks 60:35. CD - Enja 80922. Overview . Provided to YouTube by Kontor New Media March Blues Larry Porter Trio March Blues enja Horst Weber Released on: 2012-05-18 Artist: Larry Porter Porter Trio. I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows, MacOS Open. I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows, MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app. Buy track. Larry Porter Trio, Performer. 1995 enja Horst Weber. Blues March is a composition by Benny Golson. It was first recorded for Blue Mitchell's Riverside album Big 6 on July 2 and 3, 1958, and has become a jazz standard. The composition is in 44 time. It was influenced by New Orleans marching bands, and starts in long meter form and transforms back into regular time. Its straightforward harmony and separate sections make it ideal for improvisation. In the view of Leonard Feather, the theme, with its slight bugle-call orientation, has a period quality. Larry Porter Trio - Chim Chim Cher-Ee, Yesterdays, Homer Blues, Larry Scottish - Port, Larry Porter Trio - Don't Go to Strangers, A Certain Smile, Eadie Is a Lady, Waltz for Mabel, Sky Blues и другие скачать в mp3 и. Larry Porter Trio: все альбомы, включая Don't Fence Me In , March Blues Are Brewin', 04:40. I Glimpse of Love, 04:31. Once Upon a Time, 06:28