Greg Fishman: Indian Summer with Eddie Higgins
Tenor saxophonist Greg Fishman and pianist Eddie Higgins had met and played at a few sessions over the years. While Eddie was in town they decided to book some late night studio time at CRC and record some standards. The session was one of the shortest is history—all eight tunes were recorded direct to DAT in about ninety minutes with a studio bill that was less than a downtown dinner for two! This aside, their music reflects a lifetime of commitment to the art that is priceless.
The program covers great tunes like the album title, "I Thought About You," Jobim's bossa standard "O Grande Amor," "Old Folks," "You Changed," and others. Greg also gives us Stan Getz' "Tootsie Roll," one of the lesser known tunes from Getz's distant collaboration with Horace Silver.
His playing here is a collage of Getz, Lester Young, and other lyrical modernists. Pianist Eddie Higgins gives us a masterful performance that is always relaxed and right. Check out his solo on "What is This Thing Called Love!" He has the intellect, chops and left hand necessary to command and sustain great interest without a rhythm section. There is good taste, lyricism and great swinging—even though this is only a duo—throughout this recording. It achieves its goals and is nearly perfect.—MV
Available on JR Records, visit www.gregfishman.com