Reference: FSRCD 927
Bar code: 8427328609272
After the warm reception received by the reissue of the first Standards album by the V.I.P. Trio, we are proud to present now Standards, Vol.2. Both albums were originally issued in 1988 and 1989, solely for the Japanese market, and now they receive worldwide distribution.
Bassist Pat Senatore produced these sessions, 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 standards tunes, 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 Pasquale’s.
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. But Beautiful (Van Heusen-Burke) 5:16
02. Beautiful Friendship (Kahn-Styne) 5:22
03. Spring Is Here (Rodgers-Hart) 3:34
04. Fly Me To The Moon (Bart Howard) 6:45
05. Autumn In New York (Vernon Duke) 6:16
06. Blues Bossa (Kenny Dorham) 4:56
07. Prelude To A Kiss (Duke Ellington) 6:58
08. The Song Is You (Kern-Hammerstein II) 4:15
09. What's New (Haggart-Burke) 7:23
10. Triste (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 5:19
Previously released as “Standard Album, Vol. 2” on California Breeze PCB-0003
The V.I.P. Trio are:
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
“Once upon a time there was a tavern…”
If you were a jazz fan, life was good in the 1980s. For just $5-10, you could go to one of a plethora of clubs and see artists ranging from Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz and Chet Baker to Elvin Jones. Jazz clubs were all over the place; Donte’s, Catalina’s, The Jazz Bakery, Concert By The Sea, The Lighthouse, Spazios and Charlie's were just a few of the places you could hit any day of the week. There were nights were I’d go out with my buddies and hit three different clubs at night, starting at 8 and ending at one, and each show was SMOKING!
“Those…were…the…days my friend, we thought they’d never end”
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