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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, October 1, 2014
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There are a handful of standards in this album, but most songs were adaptations of Beatles tunes--songs with good bones. Van Eps finds his own path through these songs and gives us arrangements that are musical and imaginative. He's true to the music without condescending. While George is the anchor of the album, he gets great help from percussionist Frank Flynn. Flynn wanders from instrument to instrument, shaker to mallet to brush. It's a casual--but appropriate--way of making music. One couldn't imagine an album like this today. No overdubs. No edits as far as I can hear. It's just a couple of guys making really nice music.
While there are pop tunes on the album I was not put off because van Eps' handling of every song on the album is nothing short of the genius that Ron Escheté claimed him to be. More importantly he was accompanied by a single musician, frank Flynn, who backed him with vibraphone, marimba, and a variety of percussion instruments (including a catalog covered in plastic played with brushes on some of the songs such as I Walk Along.
Between van Eps and Flynn there is a lot of studio magic happening that goes beyond van Eps' command of his instrument. The arranging and interpretation by van Eps, and Flynn's inventive backing actually boggles my mind and inspires my own imagination. Perhaps the fact that they were performing pop and having fun instead of being shackled by staid standards is one of the things about this album that I found so refreshing. If you are a musician listening to this album I am fairly certain that it will get the creative juices flowing after you become aware that this is a duo with the percussion member doing all kinds of non-traditional stuff - and pulling it off!
This was recorded in two sessions at Capitol's Studio B in Los Angeles. The first session on March 10,1966 produced tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 12, with the rest of the tracks on March 16.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
His sense of harmony will take you on a turn in every song and with his technique he seems other worldly.Published 22 months ago by Gordon Nielsen
I am a huge fan of Van Eps. This album was done to satisfy a commercial need to play popular tunes. It was common in the 60's as jazz was losing its popularity. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by jimmy lyons
I have a lot of Van Eps' work, including the three he did with another guitarist, Howard Alden, who along with Joshua Breakstone are the rising stars in jazz guitar today. Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by Jerlaw
Excellent album by a timeless Artiste Thanks ! I have been a great fan of George Van Eps for many years.Published on November 21, 2011 by Paxweb17