A rare session of solo piano from Lou Levy
– quite an unusual format for any jazz musician at the time, and a set that has Levy
sounding a lot more modern than on other dates recorded in the 50s! Lou
really takes advantage of the setting here – and opens up with these unusual tones, timings, and colors – blocking things out in completely different ways than his trio dates, or his performances with larger groups – really making us amazed at the complexity in his work! Things are still relatively inside – but Levy
's takes on the tunes almost show Tristano tendencies at times – or an Elmo Hope-like sense of play with familiar themes. Titles include "Get Happy", "Black Coffee", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", "Violets For Your Furs", "Cheek To Cheek", and "I'll Take Romance".
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a spot of old tape along part of the top seam with some seam splitting.)