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DUDLEY MOORE

Dudley Down Under Unabridged

Martine Avenue Productions
MAPI 3206

 

 

CD1
1. Love Walked In
2. "Thank you."
3. Here's That Rainy Day
4. "When I was a young boy of six."
5. Madrigal
6. "An original based on clocks."
7. Chimes
8. Prelude
9. Georgia on My Mind
10. "One of my two jokes."
11. Tricotism
12. "Schubert's lesser-known lieder."
13. Die Flabbergast
14. "Scene change."
15. Sunspot
16. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
17. "Raquel Welch and Bedazzled."
18. Cornfield
19. "A tune for John Williams, the guitarist."
20. Horizon

CD2
1. Dying Swan
2. "A tune from Bedazzled."
3. Millionaire
4. Autumn in New York
5. Song for Suzy
6. "A string vest of Beethoven's."
7. And the Same to You
8. Lover
9. The Man I Love
10. Strictly for the Birds
11. The Way You Look Tonight
12. Goodbyee
 
Dudley Moore - Piano
Peter Morgan - Bass
Chris Karan - Drums
 

Dudley Moore was a man of many talents: pianist, composer, comedian, film star. His multifarious talents are on show in this double album recorded at a concert in Sydney Town Hall on 2 May 1978. Parts of the concert were released on an LP but a single disc couldn't contain all 108 minutes of the event.

Jazz fans will be most interested in Dudley's jazz performances, backed by the stolid double bass of Peter Morgan and the sprightly drums of Chris Karan (which deserve to be higher in the mix). The opening Love Walked In could easily be mistaken for Erroll Garner. Dudley always had a strong element of the Garner style in him, although Dud's original compositions like Cornfield and Millionaire have a particularly Moore-ish quality about them. The latter has a very effective drum solo by Chris Karan. Dudley's version of Georgia on My Mind is especially moving.

Dudley is also well-known for mixing humour with music, and there are several examples here - some might think rather too many (I remember hearing Dud at a jazz club where he performed Little Miss Britten, which hardly suited the jazz audience). Such items as Die Flabbergast and And the Same to You had been in Dud's repertoire for many years. If you buy this album, you may find that Dudley's jokey interludes hardly bear repetition, though one can forgive this for the number of excellent tracks.

In fact Dud's trio managed to get a lot of jazz into the evening. Oscar Pettiford's Tricotism is given propulsion by Peter Morgan playing four-in-a-bar, something he does too seldom. The Young Prince and the Young Princess turns a piece from Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade into a dynamic piece of improvisation. And The Man I Love bounces along with wit as well as swing. The Way You Look Tonight includes quotes from Laura, The Girl Next Door, Undecided, The Wedding March and Tenderly in the course of nearly nine astonishing and unpredictable minutes.

It is ten years since Dudley Moore died and some of us are still mourning the loss. This album is a valuable memento of a great little man.

Tony Augarde
www.augardebooks.co.uk



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