Personnel: Jimmy Rowles (piano); Nick Martinis, Larry Bunker (drums).
Liner Note Author: Gordon "Whitey" Mitchell.
Recording information: Carriage House, Burbank, CA (1968).
Photographer: Stan Levey.
Recorded in 1968 but not released for the initial time until this 1997 CD, this set of live but private recordings features pianist Jimmy Rowles with either Max Bennett or Chuck Berghofer on bass and Nick Martinis or Larry Bunker on drums. The very spontaneous and relaxed music finds Rowles often quoting other songs and playing a wide repertoire. The music ranges from "You're Driving Me Crazy" and "Our Delight" to "America the Beautiful," "Moon of Manakoora" and "Lulu's Back in Town," plus songs by Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter. Although not essential, the set does feature Rowles during an era (1961-1969) when he did not lead a single studio session. ~ Scott Yanow