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A Crutch For The Crab - Russ Freeman / Richard Twardzik* - Trio (CD)

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  1. This single CD contains 12 performances by pianist Russ Freeman (with either Joe Mondragon or Monty Budwig on bass and drummer Shelly Manne) plus the one regular studio session (eight songs) that ill-fated pianist Richard Twardzik led (in a trio with bassist Carson Smith and drummer Peter Littman).9/
  2. A Crutch for the Crab,heard in its entirety, is a 3-minute symphony. Its structure is ambiguous: the opening exposition takes 24 bars but the final reprise takes only 20, having lost the first four bars. Those first four bars open the piece as a kind of cadence; they seem to be a prelude.
  3. Russ Freeman was a classically trained pianist who played with guys like Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Art Pepper and Chet Baker. He spent much of his career playing with Shelly Manne. Richard Twardzik succeeded Mr Freeman in Chet Baker's quartet. He was a quirky, inventive player. The music included here is everything he did as a leader.5/5(2).
  4. Oct 20,  · What we know is that Twardzik made a brilliant set of trio recordings for the Pacific Jazz in October , half a dozen tracks first issued as one side of an LP called Trio which he shared with the group of Russ Freeman, his predecessor as Baker’s pianist, who had brought him to the attention of the label’s boss, Dick Bock.
  5. Dick Twardzik is one of the great "What Ifs in jazz. After a promising start backing the likes of saxophonists Charlie Parker and Serge Chaloff, showing a penchant for inventive originals and ingenious reworking of melodies, he succumbed to a drug overdose at the age of 24 while on tour with Chet Baker.
  6. But "Crutch", which features crab-like chording, like Twardzik's keys are scuttling in odd jumps across the keyboard, and abrupt tempo changes, is a phenomenon. And Twardzik's playing on this cut is almost a history of jazz piano playing, spanning the distance from stride to bop and beyond/5(8).
  7. Notes: Original LP issue on Russ Freeman/Richard Twardzik, Trio. Pacific Jazz (side 1 []), except Just One of Those Things and ‘alternate take’ of A Crutch for the Crab first issued on Richard Twardzik, The Last Set, Pacific Jazz PJ [], along with the other trio titles and The Girl from Greenland from the second Paris.

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