Company ... In Jazz
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Stephen Sondheim music without lyrics? Sacrilege! Actually, while it's true that "Another Hundred People" without its frenetic words ends up more relaxed than it has any right to be (never mind "Getting Married Today," which isn't even attempted), Terry Trotter's jazz arrangements of Sondheim's shows are extremely tasteful and a pleasure to listen to. In this recasting of the groundbreaking Company, the trio brings out the lovely lyric lines of "Sorry-Grateful" and "Barcelona," while "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" ends up as straight-ahead bebop with Lanny Morgan making a guest appearance on alto sax. This recording is extremely easy on the ear, especially without the original recording's trademark '70s organ sound, but to call it "easy listening" would seem an injustice. --David Horiuchi
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The other Trotter/Sondheim albums are each outstanding in their own way... Trotter, amazingly with only his piano, is able to communicate the text and subtext of both character and story and is able always to be thoroughly entertaining along the way. Every album has moments of profound beauty, and sheer delight. Too bad there isn't Pacific Overtures. Grateful though for the albums that were made. Thank you, Mr. Trotter.
I'm not sure, but something in the arrangements, whether it's too much faithfulness to the originals (a trait that Passion . . . in Jazz most definitely did not have) or something else that my untrained-in-Jazz ears cannot discern, something is indeed missing from this disc. For Sondheim or Company fanatics - a must have, of course. For the curious - I'd pass