ARTIST: Grady Tate
Grady Tate (vocal, drums)
Kenny Barron (acoustic piano)
Ira Coleman (bass)
Jimmy Cobb (drums)
Frank Wess (flute, tenor saxophone)
John Di Martino (fender-rhodes)
Richard Wyands (acoustic piano)
Recorded at Avatar Studio, New York on January 13, 14 and March
Produced by Yasohachi "88" Itoh
Recorded by David Baker
Mixed by Yoshihiro Suzuki
His full and rich voice colors the summer wind with expectation
For over 40 years, Grady Tate has been one of the world's
most versatile, frequently recorded musicians. He is often referred to as
a distinctive drummer, but in fact he is also one of the best vocalists in
the world. For this album, Grady made excellent choices when picking the songs.
The selections vary from ‘50s musical hit numbers to Grady's own compositions,
but the common theme is "love." This is the very message Tate, who
celebrated his 70th birthday while making this album, wanted to remind people
of all generations.
The members accompanying Grady are: Kenny Barron, Ira
Coleman, and Jimmy Cobb. Grady's voice swings gently and sometimes longingly
together with the finest piano trio. Frank Wess and John De Martino also collaborate
for several songs and illustrate the music dramatically. For five songs including
"Estate" and "Follow the Path,” Grady himself is playing
drums. Another pleasure in listening to this album are the two piano duos:
"What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" and "Sophisticated
Lady." Kenny Barron plays on "What are You Doing..." and Richard
Wyands plays on "Sophisticated Lady." These beautiful love songs
are very cogent; there is no doubt that Grady's experiences, both musically
and personally, contribute to the interpretation. You will enjoy a fine work
of art, and perhaps feel the love while listening to this album.
ADDITIONAL ALBUM NOTES:
- Follow the Path
Jazz pianist and singer, Bobby Scott (1937 - 1990) wrote this song with
lyrics by Morton Goode. Scott wrote this among many different kinds of songs
he penned. His most popular tunes include "Taste of Honey" and
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" made famous by The Hollies in
1969. This track is also a beautiful song by Scott. Frank Wess' flute solo
shines in this soft, sexy, Bossa Nova version.
- My One and Only Love
In 1953, Guy Wood composed this song with lyrics by Robert Mellin. Frank
Sinatra liked the song enough to record it. It became a hit the same year.
The lyrics are very romantic and the melody is equally beautiful. A version
by Johnny Hartman, who
performed it with John Coltrane, is also widely known. Grady sings this
love ballad without making it too sweet.
- A Weaver of Dreams
Victor Young is known for his film music. He wrote this song in 1951 with
lyrics by Jack Elliott. Nat King Cole recorded it earlier, but it remained
little known. Although seldom performed, it is humorous and fun. Grady and
Barron give a groovy performance at medium tempo.
- What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
Michel Legrand composed this song with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
Michael Dees sang it for the 1969 film Happy Ending, starring Jean Simmons.
As a result, the song was nominated for an Academy Award that year. In 1970,
Jaye P. Morgan made it a hit. In this album, Grady and Kenny Barron performs
the piece as a duet.Wyands.
- Dream Love
This track is Grady's original composition. He delivers this love song in
fashion. Look for Wess' and Barron's solos.
- Don't Misunderstand
This is a track from the 1972 hit film Shaft's Big Score starring Richard
Roundtree. The music and lyrics were written by the film's director, Gordon
Parks. Grady's tasteful singing, Wess' tenor sax, and Barron's piano solo
draw the listener in. Cobb delicately supports with drums.
- In a Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington composed this standard in 1935 with his manager, Irving Mills,
Manny Kurtz wrote the lyrics. This song was made famous by Ellington's band
the same year and again, later by Benny Goodman. In a difficult tempo, Grady
expresses love's dreamy feeling, elaborately, with help from bassist Ira
- Estate (Summer)
Composed by Bruno Martino and lyrics by Bruno Brighetti, this song was written
in Canzone, Italy. Helen Merrill recorded it in Italian when she visited
Rome in 1962. Joel Siegel later wrote the English lyrics to the song. Grady
sings the tune softly in Bossa Nova fashion with Wess adding a light flute
- Sophisticated Lady
Duke Ellington composed this classic song in 1932. In 1933, Mitchell Parish
and Irving Mills added lyrics about a non-chalant woman crying over her
lost love. Ellington was somewhat dissatisfied with these lyrics as he had
a refined female teacher from a Washington D.C. school in mind as the subject
when he wrote the song. Grady gives a rather dramatic rendition of this
duet with pianist Wyands.
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