Jimmy Rowles

Jazz Is a Fleeting Moment

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This informal studio session features Jimmy Rowles playing solo piano for a small audience of friends in early 1974. Originally recorded for the Jazzz label, it was reissued as A Fleeting Moment by Jazz Chronicles, which was also rather casual in its packaging, omitting composer credits for most of the songs. The tape abruptly runs out in the midst of "Body and Soul," then both a practice ending and the eventual ending are awkwardly spliced on. Even with these minor gripes, Rowles plays beautifully, beginning with some strong stride piano during the first couple of choruses of his "We Take the Cake," followed by a marvelous medley of Billy Strayhorn's "Blood Count" and "Isfahan." Rowles credits Ellis Larkins for inspiring him to play "Looking at You." In addition to his lush ballad interpretations, which make up most of the album, Rowles' strident take of Larry Gales' hard bop miniature "Loco Motif" is memorable. Long out of print following the demise of Jazz Chronicles, this LP is well worth acquiring.

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