Mundell Lowe – Guitar Moods

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Guitar Moods is an album by American jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe featuring tracks recorded in 1956 for the Riverside label.

“This is very much a chamber jazz set. Mundell Lowe plays “Our Waltz” as an unaccompanied guitar solo and his trio with bassist Trigger Alpert and drummer Ed Shaughnessy is joined by either Al Klink or Phil Bodner on various woodwinds during seven of the 11 other selections. The bass clarinet, flute, oboe, and English horn are quite atmospheric, adding to the beauty of the ballads. The brevity of the individual selections is understandable but it is unfortunate that this CD reissue is only 32 and a half minutes long, for what is here is quite memorable. Guitar Moods, which lives up to its name, is recommended anyway.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“Speak Low” (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill) – 2:38
“We’ll Be Together Again” (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine) – 2:07
“Memories of You” (Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf) – 3:48
“Ill Wind” (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 3:02
“You Don’t Know What Love Is” (Gene de Paul, Don Raye) – 3:08
“I Dream Too Much” (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) – 2:18
“June in January” (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 2:54
“I’ll Take Romance” (Oscar Hammerstein II, Ben Oakland) – 1:53
“It’s So Peaceful in the Country” (Alec Wilder) – 4:11
“Our Waltz” (David Rose) – 1:54
“I’m Old Fashioned” (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer) – 2:09
“Goodbye” (Gordon Jenkins) – 3:06

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey on February 20 (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 9 & 11) and March 2 (tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 & 12), 1956

Personnel:
Mundell Lowe – guitar
Al Klink – bass clarinet, flute (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 9 & 11)
Phil Bodner – oboe, English horn (tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 & 12)
Trigger Alpert – bass
Ed Shaughnessy – drums

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Released: 1956
Recorded: February 20 and March 2, 1956
Studio: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Length: 33:08
Label: Riverside
Producer: Orrin Keepnews

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