Phil Lewis Quartet | The Bitter Suite

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The Bitter Suite

by Phil Lewis Quartet

This music is sometimes called “melodic jazz” because the emphasis is on melody and mood, not pyrotechnics. It is warm, subtle, lyrical, with a hint of nostalgia; easy swinging jazz, sometimes with a Latin flavor.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. Prelude to a Dream
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2. Nica's Dream
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3. Nature Boy
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4. My Foolish Heart
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5. You Don't Know What Love Is
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6. I Wished On the Moon
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7. Time After Time
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8. Max Back (Knifey Wifey)
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9. Here's That Rainy Day
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10. The Shadow of Your Smile
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11. Hey Roach
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Bitter Suite is a narrative – songs arranged in sequence to tell a story. If you know the lyrics to these tunes, you can follow the story along quite literally (well, except for “Max Back,” a line loosely based on “Mack the Knife”). Otherwise I would hope the Suite spins a different kind of tale – an emotional narrative, you might say. It's an old and familiar story of love and loss. It's a story that, as I lived it, each of these songs spoke to me; and as they germinated in my heart, they came to embody a particular moment in time. The other songs in this collection are in no particular order. They are tunes that I love, and that I love playing with this great band. I only hope the deep feeling I have for this music comes across in the hearing. –PL


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Dan L

Umami Suite
This is an exceptional album. I think the stylistic range is fantastic and the overall execution is pretty much perfect. I think there is as much sympathetic playing here as I've heard from some of the legendary combos. Whenever it seems that there might be a reversion to the tried and true, the album seems to break out a new line of thought. This is a work that demands to be heard many times over. It is also worth saying that I gravitate towards jazz pyrotechnics--I dont mind being dazzled by my jazz--but there is none of that on this album, simply supple and fascinating line after line.

Tom

Three cheers and four stars to the Bitter Suite
Wonderfully sensitive and heartfelt playing by the whole ensemble on tunes both familiar and obscure (to this listener). Smooth, sweet, and swinging guitarwork ala Jim Hall is the feature but the whole band stands out. Very nicely recorded as well. Encourages multiple listenings to appreciate the arrangements and improvisations. Equally at home at the soundtrack to a dinner party or a romantic evening for two by candelight, especially because of the focus on songs about love.

Scot B

A new favorite
My wife and I have a new favorite CD, The Bitter Suite. Heavy hitters and textbook TONE. Great sound engineering. I didn't know that a CD could sound so good.

Phil Lewis definitely rises to the occasion, composing three songs and playing his tail off with tone to die for. It not going to be easy to top this, but I'm sure that he'll figure out a way. Cheers!

Matthew R

Great Stuff!
As I exit the world of the hard and heavy and enter the world of the smooth and heady, this album has really made me excited about the world I am certain to dig further into. Thanks guys for a great album and the inspiration to expand my musical mind.

Debbie

Bitter Suite
It makes you want to dance at the Rainbow Room. Slow, sexy, sweet. Thank you for this. Looking forward to the next! Happy listening.