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Vocalist Tom Lellis' career has been profound indeed, having sang, played piano or opened for the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, piano great Bill Evans and jazz organist Jimmy Smith. On this Inner City release he has surrounded himself with a bevy of big-name jazz talent including Eddie Gomez (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Jeremy Steig (flute), Skip Hadden (percussion), and Ron Busch (vibes). Tracks include timeless standards revamped in the Lellis style such as "E.S.P.," "Begin the Beguine" and Keith Jarrett's "Lucky Southern" as well as some Lellis originals.
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Eddie Gomez (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Jeremy Steig (flute), Skip Hadden (percussion), and Ron Busch (vibes)|
Customer Reviews (2)
- A TKO - Terrific Knock Out!Review by Big Toots
Drawing on a legacy dating back to greats Babs Gonzalez, Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks and more recently, Mark Murphy, Giacomo Gates, and “hipspokenword” advocate, Tony Adamo, Lellis not only offers fine vocals on this 1979 session – true jazz singing – but, he’s also scripted pungent and thoughtful lyrics to selections composed by great modern jazz artists (Keith Jarrett (“Lucky Southern,”) Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis (“E.S.P.”), McCoy Tyner (“Man from Tanganyika”) and Chick Corea (“Times Lie”)). He tops that by playing terrific piano on five cuts, as well. That’s one talented dude.
The card here includes up-tempo heat (“Lucky Southern” (two takes), and “E.S.P.”), an obligatory Porter classic (“Begin the Beguine”), and four intriguing Lellis originals – the moody “Nightshades,” a fierce burner in “One on One,” the “Fiesta”-like “Lluvia,” and the highly expressive “Atlantis, Pompeii and Athens”). This is intelligent, deeply moving music. Lellis pulls no punches as a singer or lyricist. His voice is muscular and he riddles his lyrics with intensity at every tempo and groove.
The team in Lellis’s corner – and they are superb - includes pianist Bill Dobbins (who sears on “Lucky Southern” and “E.S.P.”), jazz-rock flautist, Jeremy Steig, Ron Busch on vibes, the legendary Eddie Gomez’s bass, Jack DeJohnette’s intense drumming and percussionist, Skip Hadden.
In This Corner is a knockout recording by a champ musical artist and crew. You’ll certainly hear and know that before counting to 10.
(Posted on 4/28/2015)
- And In This CornerReview by Simon Sez
On And In This Corner, which was his first record, he leads a six-piece group that includes Jeremy Steig, plays piano on half of the tunes, and features his own lyrics to songs written by Keith Jarrett, Wayne Shorter and McCoy Tyner. Not too many singers have done that! He also comes up with interesting things to say on “Begin The Beguine” and Chick Corea’s “Times Lie.” So get this CD and the next time someone asks you who Tom Lellis, you’ll be able to tell them!
Simon Sez: Tom Lellis’ And In This Corner (IC 1090) was the debut of a great jazz singer and lyricist even if few still know who he is. (Posted on 5/6/2014)
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