Richard Drexler | My One And Only Love

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My One And Only Love

by Richard Drexler

"Richard an amazing pianist and on this recording proves to be a surprisingly good vocalist, too." - Dave Brubeck
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My One And Only Love
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6:53 album only
2. My Foolish Heart
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4:35 album only
3. Early In The Morning
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6:45 album only
4. My Funny Valentine
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6:59 album only
5. The Island
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5:13 album only
6. Tones For Joan's Bones
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7:59 album only
7. On The Go
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4:33 album only
8. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
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5:03 album only
9. Dolphin Dance
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9:23 album only
10. Alice In Wonderland
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Album Notes
"Richard Drexler has a wonderful ability to allow the melody to shine through very advanced harmonic lines and polytonal chords. He is an amazing pianist and on this recording proves to be a surprisingly good vocalist, too." - Dave Brubeck

Richard Drexler: piano/vocals
Kelly Sill: bass
Joel Spencer: drums


Sometimes the first opportunity for musicians to play together yields remarkable results. This was one of those times. From the opening song, I fell into a wonderful peace, knowing I didn't have to do any timekeeping, and whatever direction I wanted to go would be picked up immediately by two sensitive, veteran players with terrific ears. Many moments on this recording parallel the cohesiveness of musicians who have played together for many years. Only minimal discussion of substitute chord patterns preceded each tune. The rest was all listening and reacting, except for the written changes Mick McClain gave me on "I Got It Bad".

This recording came about quite by accident. In August of 1992, after attending my sister's wedding in Illinois, I called two Evanston musicians whom I had known from our college days in the '70s. Although we used to hang out with each other, we had never played together. Neither Kelly Sill nor Joel Spencer felt they accommodate a session in their homes, so we rented rehearsal space in a studio. I figured it only made sense to hire an engineer and record what we played. Scott Steinman, an engineer from Studiomedia, offered his services and quickly dialed up a great sound, direct to two-track digital tape, and the four-hour session went very smoothly. Every number was a first take. After bootleg recordings were circulated, Scott and the studio became the first choice of many Chicagoland jazz musicians!

I rarely sing, but I think the reason I did then was that I had become intrigued by the limitations of accompanying yourself, rather than another singer. I had recently heard a Shirley Horn live recording and commented on how tastefully her accompanist filled in behind the vocal, not realizing that she was singing and playing! This presents some challenges, not the least of which is producing enough air support to sing correctly from a sitting position while deciding what to play on the piano. This gave me new vision and respect for the talents of other pianist/vocalists like Fats Waller, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall and Dena DeRose.

Eventually the bootleg demos from this session reached producer Charlie Bertini and ultimately resulted in this release, as well as an invitation to play with Kelly Sill on John Allred's amazing album "Focused", which has also been released on AppleJazz Records.


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Lucretia Gabriel

A must have CD!!!
I was riding in the car when I first heard the title track played by my local NPR jazz station and fell in love with it. Fortunately, when the song ended, the DJ identified the artist and commented on the recording. This CD was a Christmas gift to myself and I have now fallen in love with all the tracks. I play the entire CD repeatedly. Thank you for making "My One and Only Love" available to purchase.