New York Trio – Stairway To The Stars (2005) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:48 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,32 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,1 GB
Consisting of Bill Charlap, Jay Leonhart and Bill Stewart, the New York Trio is a studio-only group that specializes in classic standards performed in a straightforward post-bop style. On this release, the trio focuses on selections from the Great American Songbook.
Bill Charlap is a member of the Phil Woods Quintet and has performed with Tony Bennett, Benny Carter, Gerry Mulligan and others. He’s also recorded a handful of acclaimed albums for Blue Note as a bandleader.
Bassist Jay Leonhart has been a headliner since 1983, while also perofrming as a vocalist and songwriter. Leonhart has played with Marian McPartland, Louie Bellson, Lee Konitz and others.
Drummer Bill Stewart has played gigs with many musicians including John Scofield, Maceo Parker and James Brown.
The New York Trio has produced a series of enjoyable session for Venus since the beginning of the 21st century. Consisting of pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer Bill Stewart, their fifth album together is similar to earlier efforts, concentrating on accessible treatments of selections from the Great American Songbook. The opening track, “Lover, Come Back to Me,” is a swinging affair, with lots of amusing quotes inserted into the mix. “Stairway to the Stars” is suitably a dreamy interpretation, full of romance and gorgeous voicings by Charlap. The bittersweet ballad “I’ll Be Seeing You” (forever associated with World War II films where the soldier leaves his love) is a solo feature for Charlap, played with tenderness. “Body and Soul” is one of the most recorded songs in jazz history, but the trio’s rendition is worthwhile, even if little new ground is broken. This well-played collection of timeless ballads is perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.
01. Lover Come Back To Me
02. Stairway To The Stars
03. Lullaby Of The Leaves
04. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
05. I’ll Be Seeing You
06. Can’t Help Loving Dat Man
07. Body And Soul
08. The Man I Love
09. A Sleeping Bee
10. Stella By Starlight
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by David Darlington.
Recorded at Avatar Studio in New York on November 11-12, 2004.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-54.
Bill Charlap – piano
Jay Leonhart – bass
Bill Stewart – drums