released November 5, 2013
Michael Coleman-piano Jacob Zimmerman-alto sax
Recorded by Jay Pellicci @ Tiny Telephone, SF
Mixed and Mastered by Michael Coleman
Photo from 1954 of Michael's great aunt Jenny, grandma Dottie and grandpa Checko and uncle Peter in the baby carriage.
A Note from Jacob:
Michael Coleman and I first met in 2008. I had just moved to the Bay Area from Boston, and through the recommendation of a mutual friend we got together and played some tunes. We started playing together in a wide variety of contexts, and Michael quickly became one of my very closest friends and collaborators.
A few years later, as I was soon to move home to Seattle, I wanted to find a way to document our relationship up to that point. It seemed natural to come full circle and start exploring a set of old standards as a duo. Shortly after we started rehearsing, the tragic passing of legendary jazz drummer Paul Motian in November 2011 added another layer of meaning to this project.
For many of today’s jazz musicians, Paul Motian’s recordings of standards (esp. the On Broadway volumes) are by far the most compelling example of bringing early 20th century popular song into the modern age. In particular his interpretations of the Arlen masterpiece “Last Night When We Were Young” deeply inspired and challenged us. The perfect balance of being utterly unique and innovative, yet faithful and sincere. A profound way of saying, as the lyric goes, “today the world is old.”
This album is dedicated to the memory of Paul Motian.
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