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Words & Music – Paul West

Words & Music - Paul West Artist: Paul West
Album: Words & Music
Release Date: January 22, 2008
Duration: 41:04
Genre: Jazz
Recording Date: June 2, 2007 – August 5, 2007

A nice set from Paul West and Mark Brown, a pair of Seattle musicians, Words & Music is composed primarily of original compositions from the pair with a couple of classic numbers slightly reworked (and given lyrics). A basic blues piece opens up the album, followed immediately by Dizzy’s classic “Groovin’ High,” but with lyrics courtesy of West in the vein of the old Lambert, Hendricks & Ross recordings — syncopated phrasings and a clear bop delivery. A soft ballad sings of an aging love, and John Lewis’ “Afternoon in Paris” is given some lyrics. “Thumbin’ a Ride” hangs out in an odd place between the Crosby & Hope “Road To” numbers and a Randy Newman song. Songs to old friends come in both the somber, almost-mourning form and the happy, welcoming form, followed by an offbeat a cappella piece (“We’re So Lucky”) and finally a bit of bossa nova in “Mondo Condo” that’s just a bit faster than one would expect of the genre. “Kind Word” misses the target a bit lyrically, but makes up for it with some excellent instrumental portions from all musicians involved. Some more bop, then the album turns to a slow duet in the title track closer. These two musicians play with and off of one another beautifully. Though the compositions can get a bit stretched beyond their core competencies, it always sounds as though they’re enjoying themselves. When the band is in its element, in a more straightforward jazzy form, it can certainly cook.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Laugh to Keep from Cryin’ Blues / Mark Brown / Paul West Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 4:06
Groovin’ High (Shout It) / Dizzy Gillespie / Paul West Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 3:14
I Need More Time / Mark Brown / Paul West Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 2:47
Afternoon in Paris / Mark Brown / Leesa Phelps / Paul West Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 2:55
Thumbin’ a Ride / Mark Brown / Paul West Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 2:44
Goodbye, Old Friend / Mark Brown Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 4:39
It’s You / Mark Brown Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 4:18
We’re So Lucky / Mark Brown / Paul West Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 2:07
Mondo Condo / Mark Brown / Paul West Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 3:50
A Kind Word / Paul West Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 3:30
Today’s the Day I Fall in Love / Mark Brown / Paul West Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 3:51
Words and Music / Mark Brown / Paul West Paul West feat: John Bishop / Mark Brown / Chuck Deardorf / John Goforth / William Frank “Bill” Reichenbach Jr. / Dave Raynor / Lindy West 3:03
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