GEORGE CABLES, MY MUSE


Jazz pianist George Cables is one of the great ones. As a composer, accompanist and leader for 40 years, he’s a triple threat with an appeal that can be traced through his extensive discography as a sideman, but it’s his key role in bands led by Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon and Bobby Hutcherson that has helped solidify his status. With more than 25 solo records to his name, Cables has not only performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, now he’s worthy of being one himself.

“My Muse” is a trio date and Cables’ first gig with HighNote Records, the esteemed East Coast label with a focus on straight-ahead swing and a solid roster of performers like Houston Person and Cedar Walton. This debut could be thematically bittersweet since it’s a salute to Helen Wray, Cables’ recently passed wife and his partner for more than 28 years, but the music is righteously celebratory with Cables, bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis romping through wonderful iterations of “You’re My Everything,” “You Taught My Heart To Sing” and “My One And Only Love.” The album is bookended by solo takes of Cables’ gentle “Lullaby,” a theme he always plays in concert along with one of his best known compositions, “Helen’s Song,” played here with a temperate groove that’s resoundingly uplifting. Elsewhere, Cables’ removes the treacle from “The Way We Were” and twists it into a cocktail lounge gem ala late 50’s Ahmad Jamal. “My Muse” is one of the best swing trio dates out there, superbly played and programmed with timeless music and appeal. (11 tracks; 61:18 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: GEORGE CABLES, MY MUSE

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

GEORGE CABLES, MY MUSE


Jazz pianist George Cables is one of the great ones. As a composer, accompanist and leader for 40 years, he’s a triple threat with an appeal that can be traced through his extensive discography as a sideman, but it’s his key role in bands led by Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon and Bobby Hutcherson that has helped solidify his status. With more than 25 solo records to his name, Cables has not only performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, now he’s worthy of being one himself.

“My Muse” is a trio date and Cables’ first gig with HighNote Records, the esteemed East Coast label with a focus on straight-ahead swing and a solid roster of performers like Houston Person and Cedar Walton. This debut could be thematically bittersweet since it’s a salute to Helen Wray, Cables’ recently passed wife and his partner for more than 28 years, but the music is righteously celebratory with Cables, bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis romping through wonderful iterations of “You’re My Everything,” “You Taught My Heart To Sing” and “My One And Only Love.” The album is bookended by solo takes of Cables’ gentle “Lullaby,” a theme he always plays in concert along with one of his best known compositions, “Helen’s Song,” played here with a temperate groove that’s resoundingly uplifting. Elsewhere, Cables’ removes the treacle from “The Way We Were” and twists it into a cocktail lounge gem ala late 50’s Ahmad Jamal. “My Muse” is one of the best swing trio dates out there, superbly played and programmed with timeless music and appeal. (11 tracks; 61:18 minutes)

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