Patti Bown Plays Big Piano
  • Patti & Quincy Jones
    Patti & Quincy Jones

Patti Bown

Patti Bown Plays Big Piano

Fresh Sound 1600 Series

Patti Bown (p), Joe Benjamin (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d)

Reference: FSRCD 1659

Bar code: 8427328616591


In the late Fifties, musicians returning to New York from Seattle, Washington, brought back stories about a young pianist with a sound all her owna swinging performer who impressed every traveling band to hit town; undoubtedly someone to watch out for.

One of the most vocal and enthusiastic heralds of this new talent was the celebrated arranger Quincy Jones, also from Seattle. It was he who, given the opportunity of assembling his own band for the show, Free and Easy, finally brought her to New York late in 1959 to work as pianist with his band during their European tour.

But it was a discerning record industry man, George Painkin, who brought an acetate test record of her playing to Columbia. The impact was powerful, convincing and immediate. She was signed there and then and Plays Big Piano, is the magnificent resulting album. It confirmed what musicians said about her. She had what jazz players call time. The beat is always there, not vaguely implied; its explicitly heard and felt on every track of this album, including the ballads, and especially in the four Bown original blues and gospel-based compositions. Quincy Joness judgement is thoroughly vindicated on every track.

—Jordi Pujol


01. Nothin' But the Truth (Patti Bown) 3:14
02. It Might as Well Be Spring (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 4:18
03. Waltz de Funk (Patti Bown) 3:51
04. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 3:18
05. Head Shakin' (Patti Bown) 5:53
06. Gwon Train (Patti Bown) 3:50
07. Sunshine Cake (Van Heusen-Burke) 3:36
08. Give Me the Simple Life (Ruby-Bloom) 2:03
09. I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Rodgers-Hart) 3:43
10. Always True to You in My Fashion (Cole Porter) 3:35

Album details

All tracks originally issued on Columbia CS 8208

Patti Bown (piano), Joe Benjamin (bass), Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Recorded in New York City, September 27 and October 8 & 27, 1959

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2012 by Fresh Sound Records

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

9,95 €  (tax incl.)

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