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This beautiful ballad, written by Johnny Mandell and played so often by Bill Evans, makes a wonderful vehicle for explorative melodic playing. For me, the goal here is sound and simplicity.

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Marie-Noëlle Tue, 05/19/2009 - 09:08

Thank you David. That was beautiful.

My first approach while listening and before reading your comment, was to enjoy the complementarity between the bright/light sound of the vibes, and the deep/rich texture of the saxophone. That's for the sound… Simplicity you said?… We've talked about it before… being one of the best way to make the music "work"… and touch…

Both goal achieved… at least for me! :o)


Marie-Noëlle Tue, 05/19/2009 - 10:40

In reply to by David Friedman

Next time you're in Paris?!
I work in the city. If you're available we can do the same as with Ed and Pam...
And take the same picture! :o)

steve yeager Tue, 05/19/2009 - 18:03

the tenor blowing air almost sounds like brush swishes on my effect

thanks for posting this david, brilliant playing

Gustavo (not verified) Tue, 05/19/2009 - 19:27

Thank you, David. You both play with so much sensitivity. It's also my favorite tune by Mandell.


Steve Shapiro Tue, 05/19/2009 - 22:52

An unusual duo combination, yet sounding so perfect and complete... best thing I've heard in a while! Beautiful recording, too!

bob leatherbarrow Thu, 05/21/2009 - 17:10

Great, David. The simplicity is really powerful... I love the open major chords, and it's amazing how you can fill up the sound with just a couple of notes or a little counter line like this. Just lovely. Thanks for posting this--

jen Fri, 03/19/2010 - 04:39


This piece is beautiful!
I love to listen to music devoid of ego and tricks.

The combination of your vibes with the saxaphone makes for a sound so pure, but with that added airy, breathy feel....transporting the listener to a place most ethereal.

Yes,...the simplicity and sound are so appreciated. You most definitely achieved the perfect balance with, and in this piece of music!!

Thank you for posting!!

Carla Jenkins

jen Sun, 03/21/2010 - 13:25

In reply to by David Friedman

You're most welcome David. Prose poetry, I hope.
At least i put a few extra lines in there...otherwise it would have been iambic pentameter...aaggh--ok--I'm Done :)
Carla J

toddc Fri, 03/19/2010 - 11:47

Oh man....

Todd Canedy
If you think a drummers job is to keep time; go buy a watch and let me know how that works for ya?