Liner notes for this remarkable album were written by none other than George Shearing:
I've been listening with great pleasure for quite a while to Bill Charlap. This CD seems to have everything.... touch, swing, sound, precision and just about everything you need in a well-rounded, well-schooled jazz pianist.
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT - On November 21, 1934, a new musical opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York entitled " Anything Goes". It starred William Gaxton, Ethel Merman and Victor Moore. The book was by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse and the music by Cole Porter. From the first moment that he puts hands to keyboard in his arrangement of this great song from that show, Bill announces that he is more than prepared to deal with any technical situation which might crop up in his mind. After this fact has been well established, we then enjoy quiet swing with well-organized bridge passages between the solos. The Trio is so well-knit that the contribution seems to be equal from each member of the group.
(...)I'VE JUST SEEN HER - This song is the result of another collaboration between Charles Strouse and Lee Adams.... this time for the 1964 production "All American". So, the Trio has decided to unite again and leave us without a question of where the first beat in every bar is. They go out on this CD as they came in.... swinging like mad. Thanks to Peter Washington on bass, Kenny Washington on drums, and of course, the incomparable Bill Charlap on piano.
This CD is definitely one of my most cherished and prized possessions. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to settle down now and listen to it again. Won't you join me?
|1.||All Through The Night (Cole Porter) 8:50|
|2.||Roundabout (Vernon Duke / Ogden Nash) 5:19|
|3.||Put On A Happy Face (Charles Strouse / Lee Adams) 4:27|
|4.||It's So Peaceful In The Country (Alec Wilder) 5:14|
|5.||The Best Thing For You Would Be Me (Irving Berlin) 4:12|
|6.||Pure Imagination (Leslie Bricusse / Anthony Newley) 3:15|
|7.||Nobody's Heart (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) 3:50|
|8.||Dance Only With Me (Jule Styne / Betty Comden / Adolph Green)|
Dream Dancing (Cole Porter) 6:21
|9.||I've Just Seen Her (Charles Strouse / Lee Adams) 5:29|
Total Time: 47:37
Recorded December 22, 1997 in New York City, NY, USA by Max Bolleman