Jimmy Rowles

Kinda Groovy

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Jimmy Rowles' only album as a leader for Capitol found the pianist making his vocal debut on records. Rowles' gruff and musical voice has its charm, and there are some brief moments on each of the dozen songs for his piano (which is supported by guitarist Howard Roberts, bassist Max Bennett, and either Nick Martinis or Shelly Manne on drums). Because every song (with the exception of "How Can We Be Wrong") clocks in at 2:35 at the most, there is not much time for more than a few melody choruses. Highlights include "I Can't Resist You," "A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid," "Me and You," and "Miss Brown to You" although this version of "Your Mind Is On Vacation" cannot hold a candle to Mose Allison's. An interesting historical set; Rowles would not sing again on a studio record until 1974.