Derek Smith Trio Plays Jerome Kern

Derek Smith Trio

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The teams from 2xHD Mastering and Jazzology Records bring us Derek Smith Trio Plays Jerome Kern. This tribute to the music of Jerome Kern could just as well have been titled “Smith Swings Kern”. Joined by Ronnie Bedford on drums and Linc Milliman on bass, pianist Derek Smith applies a light and lilting touch with Oscar Peterson-like energy to the playlist of 11 songs, six of which have alternate takes as well as the preferred one.

Tunes such as “The Way You Look Tonight”, “I’m Old Fashioned” and “I Won’t Dance” are given a glowing burnish here. Even on the tunes where the pace slows down a dash, there’s still a swinging swagger to them, such as “The Folks Who Live on the Hill”.

Tracklist

1.
Ol' Man River
03:05
2.
A Fine Romance
05:02
3.
The Folks That Live on the Hill
04:07
4.
I'm Old Fashioned
04:40
5.
Long Ago and Far Away
04:12
6.
The Way You Look tonight
04:14
7.
I Won't Dance
05:30
8.
Dearly Beloved
03:09
9.
All the Things You Are
04:06
10.
The Song Is You
04:35

Total time: 00:42:40

Additional information

Label

SKU

2XHDJA1172

Qualities

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Artists

Composers

Genres

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Analog Recording Equipment

Nagra-T Tape Recorder

Cables

Siltech

Digital Converters

2xHD Technologies Analog to DXD Converter

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

René Laflamme, 2xHD Mastering – Analog Master Tape to DXD Transfer

Mastering Room

Nagra Audio HD DAC X – Compare Digital Transfers to Analog Master Tape

Original Recording Format

Producer

Gus P. Statiras

Recording Engineer

Fred Miller

Recording location

New York on March 27, 1980

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

Analog

Release Date June 5, 2020

Press reviews

AllMusic 4 out of 5

This album is a standout tribute to the music of Jerome Kern, who transformed American musical theater into something unique when he collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein II on the groundbreaking Show Boat. This production raised the musical form from little more than a floorshow of unrelated songs into true musical drama where the music was part and parcel of a cohesive story line.

Kern went on to join with many of the finest lyricists of American Popular Song. In addition to Hammerstein, there were Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and some say his most successful collaborator, Dorothy Fields. Together these two wrote the music and lyrics for some of Fred Astaire’s most entertaining films.

This album has representative selections of Kern’s output with each of these illustrious partners. Joined by Ronnie Bedford on drums and Linc Milliman on bass, expatriate Englishman Derek Smith applies a light and lilting touch with Oscar Peterson-like energy to the play list.

In short, this title could just as well have been titled “Smith Swings Kern.” Tunes such as “The Way You Look Tonight,” “I’m Old Fashioned,” and “I Won’t Dance” are given a glowing burnish by Smith and his cohorts. Even on the tunes where his pace slows down a dash, there’s still a swinging swagger to them, such as “The Folks Who Live on the Hill.”

If your collection lacks an album featuring the compositions of Jerome Kern, you would be hard-pressed to find a more satisfying one than this.

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