Cedar Walton (p), Pat Senatore (b), Billy Higgins (d)
Reference: FSRCD 916
Bar code: 8427328609166
Originally released in 1988 under the name of the V.I.P. Trio, this audiophile
recording—intended solely for the Japanese market—finally receives worldwide
distribution. Veteran bassist Pat Senatore produced Standards, which puts him
in the legendary company of pianist Cedar Walton and drummer Billy Higgins.
Senatore’s soulful and lyrical bass shines in a program of jazz standards, recorded
in audiophile quality sound.
In the mid 1980s, Walton had relocated to California, working up and down
the coast, out to Japan, and back to New York when he was booked there.
Senatore had a record deal with Japanese businessman Ken Akemoto, who
stopped over in Los Angeles to record a handful of albums. The bassist chose
Walton—even then one of the standard-bearers of mainstream jazz piano—
though they had never worked together before. Higgins was Walton’s drummer of
choice and had been the house drummer at Senatore’s Malibu jazz club
Though Senatore was the leader of the record, he respectfully shared billing
with Walton and Higgins under the name of The V.I.P. Trio. The musicians came
to terms easily, and the results were gratifying to all concerned. Walton’s masterful piano, Senatore’s soulful bass and the dancing sticks of Higgins made for a magical a combination that could scarcely be topped.
01. Easy Walker (Billy Taylor) 5:25
02. Autumn Leaves (Kosma-Prevert-Mercer) 6:03
03. Summertime (Gershwin-Heyward) 5:54
04. Body and Soul (Green-Sour-Heyman-Eyton) 8:06
05. Softly As a Morning Sunrise (Romberg-Hammersein II) 7:28
06. It Might As Well Be Spring (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 7:30
07. Early Autumn (Burns-Herman-Mercer) 6:22
08. The Shadow of Your Smile (Mander-Webster) 6:19
09. I Should Lose You (Rainger-Robin) 5:48
10. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (Rodgers-Hart) 7:52
Total time: 67:00 min.
Previously released as “Standard Album” on California Breeze PCB-0002
Cedar Walton, piano; Pat Senatore, bass; Billy Higgins, drums.
Recorded at Mad Hatter Recording Studio, Los Angeles, March 7 & 8, 1988
Recording Engineer: Bernie Kirsh
Assisted by Duncan Aldrich
Original recordings produced by Pat Senatore & Ken Akemoto
Newly mastered by Ron Boustead at Precision Mastering, Hollywood
New liner notes: Kirk Silsbee
This CD reissue produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
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