Eddie Higgins – A Portrait In Black And White (Full Album)

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AllMusic Review by Dave Nathan:
Eddie Higgins is a quiet musician. His playing is never flamboyant and never exceeds the boundaries of good taste. The music coming out of his piano is reflective, exuding a feeling of relaxation, contemplation, and intimate beauty. This is not to say that his playing is so spare as to lack emotion. It’s there, not thrown in the face of the listener. Like the playing, the listener must be attentive. This pianistic attitude is the artistic basis for his third album for the Sunnyside label. Filled with songs that are a steady part of the Higgins repertoire, the play list has representatives from the book of classic popular standards, Brazilian, and short classical pieces. That this serious stuff is seen by the fact that bass player Don Wilner spends a significant amount of time using the bow. This creates a chamber jazz atmosphere on such tunes as “Danny Boy.” Wilner’s importance to this session is set right at the outset with his sparkling plucked solo on “Lullaby of the Leaves.” An album highlight is a rapturous Higgins piano on a lightly Brazilian rhythm medley of “The Dolphin” and “Someone to Light up My Life.” Even on this tempo, Higgins does not go overboard with a heavy percussive presence assuring that the melody, not the rhythm, stays in the limelight. Higgins accompanies his wife, singer Meredith D’Ambrosio. Thus he is familiar with the lyrics which gives him a much better feel for the meaning of the music. His right hand on “What Is This Thing Called Love” is akin to a singer’s scatting on this up-tempo arrangement. For creative subtlety applied to an agenda of interesting music, this album will be a smart addition to any jazz library. Recommended (http://www.allmusic.com/album/portrait-in-black-and-white-mw0000022121).

Track listing:

  • 1 Lullaby Of The Leaves
  • 2 Danny Boy
  • 3 What Is This Thing Called Love
  • 4 Liebeslied
  • 5 Refrato em Branco E Preto (Zingaro)
  • 6 Siciliano
  • 7 Just In Time
  • 8 Pavane
  • 9 Dolphin / Someone To Light Up My Life
  • 10 Dance Only With Me
  • 11 Vocalise

Recorded: March 25, 1996 & March 26, 1996
Recording Location
New River Studios, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Comments

Richard Martinez says:

We Lost Eddie 8 years ago today…..devastating loss to us all…..

Clifton Jamison says:

Song number 5, "Retrato Em Branco E Preto" ,means "Black and White Portrait".

wednesdaychild says:

this is a beautiful album. my compliment.

Ian Rowlandian says:

Absolutely Fab….

panhead58ful says:

I never understood bass solos

Kari Helola says:

Tyylikkäästi ammattitaidolla ja tunteella.

Ennio Rubini says:

Magnifico trio, gran relax!

sharman nicholson says:

lullaby for the soul

Paolo Angioni says:

Altro grande, purtroppo dimenticato.

Lais Riz à Porta says:

Se todos fossem iguais a voce que maravilha viver lalalalalalal

Lais Riz à Porta says:

retrato em branco e preto! vou selecionar mais um bilhete um retrato em branco e preto pra acalmar meu coracaoooooooo

Lais Riz à Porta says:

musica brasileira maravilha bossa nova jazz

guillermopuma61 says:

E x c e l s o, con un hermoso balance entre los instrumentos.Saludos desde Guadalajara, Jalisco, México.

vecernicek2 says:

1. Lullaby of the Leaves (Bernice Petkere / Joe Young)…………………………………. 00:00
2. Danny Boy (Frederick Edward Weatherly)………………………………………………….. 08:40
3. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter)…………………………………………… 13:27
4. Liebesleid (Fritz Kreisler)…………………………………………………………………………. 18:36
5. Retrato Em Branco E Preto (Chico Buarque / Antônio Carlos Jobim)………….. 25:18
6. Siciliano (Johann Sebastian Bach)…………………………………………………………… 31:58
7. Just in Time (Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Jule Styne)…………………………. 38:41
8. Pavane (Gabriel Fauré)……………………………………………………………………………. 45:03
9. Dolphin/Someone to Light up My Life (Luíz Eça / Antônio Carlos Jobim)…… 49:30
10. Dance Only with Me (Betty Comden / J. Green / Jule Styne) ……………………. 55:25
11. Vocalise (Sergey Rachmaninov)………………………………………………………….. 1:00:51

Diego del risco says:

Maravilloso

mike farmer says:

ought this CD from Eddie Higgins while on a Jazz Cruise and I play it a lot. Its a shame he is not more well known. He spent  many years in Chicago as resident pianist where he played with numerous jazz greats.

Lewis Martiniello says:

This is the best piano trio ever. Love the tunes. – Eddie is a jazz wonder. The chords & licks are a feast for the ears & brain. Pavane moves me a lot.

Jorge Martínez says:

Buenííísimo ! No lo conocía. ¡ Que regalo me hicieron !

Bob DeLord says:

Thumbs Up!!! (meaning music that should be heard).

jk cook says:

One of the finest lyrical jazz artists ever.
Thanks for adding this one

Jes Lee says:

49:30 very nice

Dave R. Summers says:

yes yes YES !

beagle december says:

oooh so goood !!!

Kol Nidrei says:

Aucun commentaire en deux ans pour cette belle musique?
Elle est magnifique!
Il y a du coeur là.
Allez à sa découverte … si si … écoutez …

mogpone says:

Wow. This is fantastic, especially the last track.

이누 says:

Second song sounds a lot like "You Raise me up" Or maybe it's the other way around

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