The Drummonds

When You Wish upon a Star

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Ray Drummond and Billy Drummond are not related, but they're two of the most in-demand rhythm section players in jazz, and here they've teamed up under the name the Drummonds for a delightful collection of standards. At the piano is Renee Rosnes, with her Midas touch. Rosnes, incidentally, is related by marriage to Billy Drummond, so technically, she too is a Drummond.

The trio sticks to well-known standards, but they throw a good many curves. Highlights include a bossa treatment of "The Sound of Silence"; a grooving, non-ballad rendition of "Nature Boy"; a heavily re-harmonized "Autumn in New York"; a reworked bridge on "Over the Rainbow"; a brisk, Bill Evans-style waltz arrangement of "When You Wish Upon a Star"; and a passing reference to Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" at both the beginning and end of "Like Someone in Love." We may have heard these tunes many times before, but when these three play them together, it's an event.

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