Peter Appleyard is one of Canada's most celebrated jazz musicians and has been so involved in so many years of making jazz that this album is more a momento of another time than simply a revisiting of the year 1974 in studio sessions. On this impressive recording the involved musicians create the atmosphere by inserting dialogue among them between each of the numbers presented.
Aside from Appleyard on vibraphone here are Slam Stewart, bass (1914 - 1987), Hank Jones, piano (1918 - 2010), Zoot Sims, tenor sax (1925 - 1985), Urbie Green, trombone (born 1926), Bobby Hackett, cornet (1915 - 1976) and Mel Lewis on drums (1929 - 1990) who together are referred to (most appropriately as The Jazz Giants. Together they talk and practice and ultimately perform an Ellington Medley, After You've Gone, Tangerine, You Don't Know What Love Is, But Beautiful, You Go to my Head, Indiana, A Smooth One, and Dancing on the ceiling.
If you're in the mood for the sounds of yesterday performed with great finesse and style, this recording is your cup of tea. This CD, The Lost 1974 Sessions, is an album inspired by the extraordinary group of jazz musicians that created it and born from the serendipitous circumstances that brought them together. Pure history, pure jazz. Grady Harp, February 12