Eddie Higgins Trio – Portrait In Black And White (1996) [Japan 2017] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + FLAC 24bit/48kHz

Eddie Higgins Trio – Portrait In Black And White (1996) [Japan 2017]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:23 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,66 GB
or DSD64 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 2,59 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 804 MB

This disc reflects Eddie Higgins’s musical interest, a range including standards, Brazilian compositions, folk music, and the classics. Drummer James Martin nicely covers the variety of rhythms in the program. Bassist Don Wilmer, of Miami, is one of the rare symphony musicians capable of first rate jazz. Much of the program has a Blanton – Ellington feel, rather than the usual piano-with-rhythm.

Eddie Higgins is a quiet musician. His playing is never flamboyant and never exceeds the boundaries of good taste. The music coming out of his piano is reflective, exuding a feeling of relaxation, contemplation, and intimate beauty. This is not to say that his playing is so spare as to lack emotion. It’s there, not thrown in the face of the listener. Like the playing, the listener must be attentive. This pianistic attitude is the artistic basis for his third album for the Sunnyside label. Filled with songs that are a steady part of the Higgins repertoire, the play list has representatives from the book of classic popular standards, Brazilian, and short classical pieces. That this serious stuff is seen by the fact that bass player Don Wilner spends a significant amount of time using the bow. This creates a chamber jazz atmosphere on such tunes as “Danny Boy.” Wilner’s importance to this session is set right at the outset with his sparkling plucked solo on “Lullaby of the Leaves.” An album highlight is a rapturous Higgins piano on a lightly Brazilian rhythm medley of “The Dolphin” and “Someone to Light up My Life.” Even on this tempo, Higgins does not go overboard with a heavy percussive presence assuring that the melody, not the rhythm, stays in the limelight. Higgins accompanies his wife, singer Meredith D’Ambrosio. Thus he is familiar with the lyrics which gives him a much better feel for the meaning of the music. His right hand on “What Is This Thing Called Love” is akin to a singer’s scatting on this up-tempo arrangement. For creative subtlety applied to an agenda of interesting music, this album will be a smart addition to any jazz library. Recommended.


01. Lullaby Of The Leaves
02. Danny Boy
03. What Is This Thing Called Love
04. Liebeslied
05. Retrato Em Branco E Preto
06. Siciliano
07. Just In Time
08. Pavane
09. The Dolphin / Someone To Light Up My Life
10. Dance Only With Me
11. Vocalise

Eddie Higgins – piano
Don Wilner – bass
James Martin – drums

Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Michael MacDonald.
Recorded on March 25-26, 1996 at New River Studios, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-210.

Ripped direct and unretouched using Pioneer BDP-80FD, Sonore ISO2DSD, and sacd_extract.





FLAC 24bit/48kHz