Victoria Records presents "SOMETHING MORE" ~ Stephanie Trick's fifth album, "Something More", recorded on the Victoria Records label in March 2011, features her work with a trio with Danny Coots (drums) and Jay Hungerford (bass) .... And this is one of her BEST!
One of the nicest gifts to arrive on the jazz piano scene in recent times is named Stephanie Trick, it's not enough to refer to her as a fine jazz pianist, there are many these days, thank goodness.
Stephanie, however is something more in addition to presenting her own increasingly creative improvs, she is a preserver of older pieces and early styles-like many of us, a sort of performing archivist.
In this recording, she presents a program studded with links to that tradition including Louis Mazetier's witty ode to Willie "The Lion" Smith. "Look Out, Lion, I've Got you!", as well as my own arrangement of an early Duke Ellington piece, "Jubliee Stomp". There are many others - Fats Waller's "Valentine Stomp", Meade Lux Lewis "Honky Tonk Train Blues." standards such as "You Took advantage of Me" and "Taking a Chance On Love" -- Stephanie trick herself has now become a strong link inn our tradition, and we couldn't be more delighted to welcome her. (so states Dick Hyman-pianist)
Something More (Track Listings & Time):
1. Rosetta (Hines) - 4:32 *
2. Jubilee Stomp (Ellington, arr. Hyman) - 2:37
3. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (Ahlert, Young) - 4:06 *
4. Look Out, Lion, I've Got You! (Mazetier) - 3:46 **
5. You Took Advantage of Me (Rogers, Hart)/Takin' a Chance on Love (Duke, Latouche, Fetter) - 7:11 *
6. Honky Tonk Train Blues (Lewis) - 3:26 *
7. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (Van Alstyne, Williams) - 5:10
8. The Minor Drag (Waller, arr. Hyman) - 2:57 *
9. These Foolish Things (Strachey, Maschwitz) - 5:44 *
10. Valentine Stomp (Waller) - 3:36
11. Tango Seville (Mazetier) - 3:32 **
12. Passionette (Smith) - 2:54
13. Two Sleepy People (Carmichael, Loesser) - 3:51 *
14. Black Beauty (Ellington) - 3:22 *
15. Keep Your Temper (Smith, arr. Lambert and Mazetier) - 4:04
* Trio with Danny Coots (drums) and Jay Hungerford (bass)
** Duo with Danny Coots
Hats off to our music man William Becker (executive producer), as we enjoy another winner from his stable of jazz artists at Victoria Records.
* Special footnote: - Bill Becker dedicates this recording to the memory of Dorothy Gleason ... Dorothy and her husband (Roy) founded Webster Records in Webster Groves, Missouri. This company has always offered the very best in Classical and Jazz recordings for the St. Louis community ... Dorothy wiill be greatly missed but her legacy lives on.
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Mixing: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Arrangements & Song Selection]
Special footnote: If you enjoyed this album, check out ... Piano Tricks
.. also .. Hear That Rhythm!
Total Time: 61 min on 15 Tracks ~ Victoria Records ~ (November 8, 2011)