As Ismael’s name suggests, he comes from a family musical tradition rich in gypsy guitar. It’s no surprise then that the music of relative Django Reinhardt is a big influence on his jazz style that mixes equal parts of gypsy music with swing and old-time standards to create the perfect sampling of sounds. As he says in the liner notes, "my heart burns for the music of Django Reinhardt, and always will — this is my identity.”
A sublime 2-CD collection that spotlights the iconic song stylist dueting with the legendary jazz pianist from their two albums recorded in 1975 & 1976.
Disc 1 combines the originally issued recordings, The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and Together Again with two bonus tracks.
Disc 2 features alternate takes from both sessions.
Somewhere in Paradise features engaging jazz standards with surprising new arrangements. In the liner notes, jazz critic John Murph calls Matheny-Katz “a captivating singer [who] possesses a quintessential jazz voice, which she enlivens with lissome, conversational phrasing". The disc features some of Baltimore’s best musicians, including reed players Todd Marcus, Tim Green, Craig Alston; bassist Eric Wheeler; pianist Vince Evans; drummer Eric Kennedy; and superstar Warren Wolf on vibraphone, piano and drums. Also featured is Philadelphia trumpeter Terell Stafford…
This CD reissue is the companion to Jazzhouse, for both were recorded on the same night at the Montmartre in Copenhagen. Evans' regular trio of the time (which included bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Marty Morell) is in exuberant form performing before an enthusiastic crowd. In addition to versions of his famous "Waltz for Debby" and "Time Remembered," Evans plays seven of his favorite standards, including "You're Gonna Hear from Me," "Nardis," and "Emily." An excellent all-around set that was not originally released until 1988.