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The Art of the Ballad (Live)

by Jon Mayer

a solo jazz piano concert performance of twelve of the best ballads from `the great American songbook'
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prelude to a Kiss (Live)
4:42 $0.99
2. My Foolish Heart (Live)
4:42 $0.99
3. Round Midnight (Live)
6:06 $0.99
4. Willow Weep for Me (Live)
4:58 $0.99
5. My Romance (Live)
4:55 $0.99
6. Never Never Land (Live)
4:15 $0.99
7. My One and Only Love (Live)
5:27 $0.99
8. Don't Misunderstand (Live)
4:06 $0.99
9. Young and Foolish (Live)
5:14 $0.99
10. When I Fall in Love (Live)
4:40 $0.99
11. Come Rain or Come Shine (Live)
3:04 $0.99
12. For All We Know (Live)
4:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Jon Mayer mixes introspective lyricism and a hard-bop drive. He's a strong rhythmic player with a lot of piano vocabulary."
- Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat Magazine -

"Nightscape" (Reservoir) is the kind of piano trio set, were you hearing it live in a club, you could hang with all night. It conjures up echoes of Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, Red Garland and Wynton Kelly, to name a few of jazz's most spellbinding keyboard players.
The timeless qualities of the bebop style and its evolutions were again demonstrated when pianist Jon Mayer led a vital quartet Thursday at the Kitano.

Mayer is a native New Yorker who has played with jazz greats like saxophonist Jackie McLean and the vocal group Manhattan Transfer. He has lived in Southern California since 1991, and appears infrequently in the East, making this one-night performance decidedly welcome.

Life has rebounded quite nicely for pianist Jon Mayer, thank you, now that he has relocated to the West Coast and slowly but surely built up his performing and recording activity to the delight of his listeners there. Not quite falling into the "what ever happened to?" category, Mayer nonetheless dropped from public consciousness for, oh, a couple of decades. And now he's back, Rip Van Winkle-like.
Having been infused with the spirit and style of jazz in the 1950's when New York City was abuzz with young legends-in-the-making like John Coltrane or Jackie McLean, Jon Mayer was there. And recording. And touring. And learning. And inspiring. And making a living. And surviving. In the 1960's and 1970's, Mayer worked with the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Les McCann, Nancy Wilson and Barry White.
Every performance generates heat, including ballads like "But Beautiful." Mayer is a thoroughly mainstream pianist, yet his way of embedding a song's melody within his own elaborations and displacements creates continuous subtle surprises.

The most memorable piece is the title track, taken solo. "My Romance" is slower and perhaps sadder than most versions, and the recorded sound renders every pensive nuance.



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