Trudy Pitts

Introducing the Fabulous Trudy Pitts

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A strong debut from Trudy Pitts, divided between covers of pretty mainstream standards ("The Spanish Flea," "It Was a Very Good Year," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker") and gutsier straight soul-jazz, including four originals by Bill Carney, whose "Organology" is a highlight for its nervous, bopping edge. The languorous swells of the opening number "Steppin' in Minor" make you think you're in for a set of swank lounge-jazz, but the pace quickly picks up, and Pitts really catches fire on "Take Five," jamming a lot of notes into her improvisation without sounding self-indulgent. Pat Martino's guitar is graceful and sensitive throughout, and the trio of Pitts, Martino, and Carney is embellished by Abdu Johnson on conga. Introducing the Fabulous Trudy Pitts is teamed with another 1967 Pitts LP, These Blues of Mine, on the 1998 single-disc Prestige CD Legends of Acid Jazz.

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