Tuesday, June 7, 2011

CD Reissue of the Week - "Friedrich Gulda: As You Like It"

CD Reissue of the Week
Friedrich Gulda: "As You Like It" (MPS) 1970/2011

Recorded February 1970 @ MPS-Tonstudio, Villingen, Germany
Produced & Engineered by Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer
Liner Notes by D. Schulz-Köhn
Reissue Produced by Matthias Künnecke
Original Cover Design: Peter Gross
CD Art Direction: Stefan Kassel

A rare mainstream trio session by the iconoclastic genius Friedrich Gulda (heard on acoustic piano only), with J.A. Rettenbacher (acoustic & electric bass) and Klaus Weiss (drums).
Highlights: a very slow ballad version a la Shirley Horn of "I Only Have Eyes For You" and a medium-tempo rendition of "East of the Sun."
The album also includes a creative reading of Monk's "'Round Midnight," a funkyfied take on Miles' "All Blues," Porter's standard "What Is This Thing Called Love," The Doors' hit "Light My Fire" (recently covered by Eliane Elias on her brand-new album) and Gulda's own "Blues for H.G."

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