Lookin' Good: Getting Some Fun Out of Life/Let's Eat Home

Lookin' Good: Getting Some Fun Out of Life/Let's Eat Home

by Dave Frishberg



This two-CD set by Dave Frishberg in Concord's budget series combines two complete releases, Getting Some Fun Out of Life and Let's Eat Home. Disc one features the singing pianist in a mix of traditional jazz, stride, and swing, in a quintet that includes alto saxophonist Marshall Royal and a fine yet unheralded veteran of many studio sessions, trumpeter Bob Findley. Frishberg's take of "Sweet Lotus Blossom" is sweet and slow, followed by a peppy "I Would Do Anything for You." He delves into the Duke Ellington songbook with two overlooked gems, Ellington's snappy miniature "Stevedore Stomp" and Billy Strayhorn's richly textured "Violet Blue," highlighted by Frishberg's sparse piano and the gorgeous playing of Royal. The pianist does justice to solo interpretations of Fats Waller's "Alligator Crawl" and Jelly Roll Morton's playful rag "King Porter Stomp." Only one Frishberg original is present, his warm tribute "Dear Bix," in which he honors the tragically short-lived cornetist with an almost conversational vocal; a buoyant solo version of Beiderbecke's "In a Mist" is a nice bonus. The second disc is also primarily a quintet session, with valve trombonist Rob McConnell and trumpeter Snooky Young prominently featured. Frishberg's songwriting is more in evidence with his campy lyrics to Johnny Mandel's "Brenda Starr" and with "Matty," his heartfelt tribute to early baseball great Christy Matthewson, but the whimsical lyrics to "Let's Eat Home" and his hysterical lines in "I Was Ready" and "Lookin' Good" will be of interest to those who favor Frishberg's unique blend of jazz and comedy. He also salutes his late friend Al Cohn and Billy Strayhorn with inventive medleys, and delivers a powerful solo version of Duke Ellington's "The Mooche" as well. This two-CD set will be hard for most jazz fans to pass up, especially with the attractive price.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2001
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431499824
catalogNumber: 4998

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Frishberg   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Larry Gales   Bass,Double Bass
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Rob McConnell   Valve Trombone
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Bob Findley   Trumpet
Jim Hughart   Bass,Double Bass
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Steven Schaeffer   Drums

Technical Credits

Edvard Grieg   Composer
Dave Frishberg   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Claude Hopkins   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Brian Gardner   Engineer
Alexander Hill   Composer
David J. Holman   Engineer
Carl Jefferson   Producer,Executive Producer
Larry Levine   Engineer
James Mooney   Engineer
Nick Phillips   Producer,Reissue Producer,Audio Production
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Philip Elwood   Liner Notes
Bobby Williams   Composer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
George Forrest   Composer
Ferde Grofé   Composer
Dennis Purcell   Art Direction
Stuart Troup   Liner Notes
Carl E. Jefferson   Audio Production

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