by Bobby Short


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Piano is Bobby Short's first recording for the audiophile label Surrounded by Entertainment. (He recorded for Telarc throughout the '90s.) As the title suggests, the cabaret/jazz legend tickles the ivories but does not sing, except on "Maybe" and "Smiles." On most songs he's backed by a tasteful combo, featuring guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Frank Tate, and drummer Klaus Suonsaari, with trumpeter John Eckert soloing on four occasions. Short likes to perform Ellington unaccompanied ("Mood Indigo," "Lonely Co-ed"). He gives Strayhorn multiple nods as well ("Isfahan," "After All," "Lotus Blossom"/"Warm Valley"), and salutes Monk with a stately solo version of "'Round Midnight." Other highlights include a shimmying, almost campy "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and a peppy samba take on "Remember." Short's playing is restrained and unassuming; his voice may be a bit frail and throaty at this point, but it's still inimitable.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2001
Label: Surrounded By
UPC: 0800938100328
catalogNumber: 1003

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Short   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Howard Alden   Guitar
Klaus Suonsaari   Drums
John Eckert   Trumpet
Frank Tate   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
John Snyder   Producer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Carol Friedman   Art Direction
Ted Koehler   Composer
Jim Bosha   Liner Notes
James Mageras   Producer
James Hanley   Composer

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