Eddie Costa ‎– The House Of Blue Lights (Full Album)

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“Eddie Costa was probably better known for his work as a vibraphonist than as a pianist during his all too brief career, which ended suddenly after a fatal car crash in 1962. He sticks exclusively to piano on his final album as a leader, joined by bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Paul Motian. His interpretation of Gigi Gryce’s “The House of Blue Lights” has a dark tone overall, very percussive at times and often incorporating fast runs. Likewise, his take of “My Funny Valentine” is rather moody, as if a breakup between lovers is imminent. “Diane” finally lightens the mood with some mid-tempo breezy bop. Costa’s two originals include the upbeat cooker “Annabelle” and the rambling, almost avant-gardish “What’s It to Ya.” Marshall and Motian provide great support for Costa throughout these experimental sessions. It is a pity that Eddie Costa died at such a young age before he had an opportunity to expand upon the work heard in this valuable date.” – Ken Dryden/AllMusic.


A1 The House Of The Blue Lights (Gigi Gryce) 0:00
A2 My Funny Valentine (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers) 10:04
A3 Diane (Erno Rapee/Lew Pollack) 17:04
B1 Annabelle (Eddie Costa) 21:35
B2 When I Fall In Love (Edward Heyman/Victor Young) 25:45
B3 What’s To Ya (Eddie Costa) 30:48


Wendell Marshall – bass
Paul Motian – drums
Eddie Costa – piano


Label: Jazz Workshop
Country: Spain
Released: 1959, 2010 (Remastered)
Recorded: January 29, 1959 & February 2, 1959