Gates, was backed by a superb trio: Dick Reynolds on piano, Mark Neuenschwander on bass and Patricia Dean on drums. This was
|Neuenschwander and Gates|
|Gates and Dean|
At least half of the material came from Gates' standard repertoire, including Sweets Edison and Jon Hendricks' "Centerpiece," Gig Gryce's "Social Call," Brown's "Hazel's Hips" and Jefferson's humorous "Benny's From Heaven" update of the standard "Pennies From Heaven."
- Gates shared a beautiful take on Fame's lyrics to "On A Misty Night," a Tadd Dameron jazz classic that was based on the chord changes to "September in the Rain." He said he plans to record it in a couple of weeks for his next CD.
- Thelonious Monk's "In Walked Bud," with lyrics by Hendricks, included an artful bass and vocal-bass duet interlude between Neuenschwander and Gates.
- The singer brought Dean from her drum kit to center stage for vocal duets on "All of Me" and "The Sunny Side of the Street." On the first tune, Dean sang the straight vocals while Gates superimposed a scat-version of Ilinois Jacquet's tenor sax solo.
- Late in the 90-minute-plus program (without any intermission break), Gates' version of "Take Five," with lyrics by Dave Brubeck's wife Iola, included his own vocalese based on Paul Desmond's alto sax solo.
|Reynolds, Neuenschwander, Gates, Dean|