Richard Whiteman – Very Well and Good (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:02:35 minutes | 702 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Richard Whiteman is a multi-instrumentalist based in Toronto, Canada. One of the busiest pianists on the Toronto scene, Whiteman has long been sought out by many of the finest names in jazz, including Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, Jane Bunnett, Norm Villleneuve, Ed Bickert and Al Henderson. Richard has recorded ten CDs as a bandleader and has established himself as one of Canada’s finest musicians in a performing role and as a mentor and teacher to younger musicians.
After working as a pianist for decades, Whiteman began studying the double bass in 2004, quickly becoming an adept performer. In 2012, he formed his “bass” quartet with Reg Schwager, Amanda Tosoff and Morgan Childs – the band that forms the backbone for his brilliant new album Very Well and Good. The quartet is joined on several tracks by tenor saxophone giants Pat Labarbera and Mike Murley in a program of striking Whiteman originals, a tune each from Tosoff and engineer/drummer/pianist Andre White, and one classic standard.
Whiteman considers this recording to be his finest and most personal to date. On this album, the band successfully combines the directness and groove of straight ahead swinging jazz with the lyricism and textural beauty found in classical music and in the music of pianist Bill Evans. It is a snapshot of a fine working band at the height of its powers, and a beautiful addition to the Canadian jazz canon.
“La Belle Époche is another waltz, but a peppier one with a more interesting melody and interesting harmonic twists—not to mention several tempo shifts to 4. Right Here, Right Now With You is a bossa nova in the Jobim manner, opening with soft but rhythmic guitar chords and followed by Tosoff on piano with Childs playing woodblocks. The closer, Dancing With Zeke, is more of a swing than a bop piece, somewhat reminiscent of the kind of tunes that George Shearing played so often back in the 1950s. A nice album, then, particularly worth hearing for Whiteman, Tosoff and the two saxists.” (Lynn René Bayley, artmusiclounge)
01. Richard Whiteman – Very Well and Good
02. Richard Whiteman – Not so Early
03. Richard Whiteman – Re-entry
04. Richard Whiteman – Waltz for Zeke
05. Richard Whiteman – It Is What It Is (for John Sumner)
06. Richard Whiteman – Selohssa
07. Richard Whiteman – Residue
08. Richard Whiteman – Mangoes
09. Richard Whiteman – Pat & Mike
10. Richard Whiteman – La Belle Époche
11. Richard Whiteman – Right Here, Right Now, With You
12. Richard Whiteman – Dancing with Zeke