Roger Davidson Trio

Rodgers in Rio

SR 1004


Roger Davidson, piano; David Finck, bass; Paulo Braga, drums

A delightful, lighthearted romp to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Richard Rodgers's birth. Davidson plays from the heart with joyfulness and a big inner smile; drummer Paulo Braga, a veteran of fifteen years with Carlos Jobim, brings the bossa nova feel, and David Finck has some nice solos to add on bass.

Each of the thirteen songs is a gem from the master; a lighter interpretation of tunes like "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" relaxes its pompous element, a determined effort to lift sentimentality and let the light and breeze in. "Edelweiss" also gets the upbeat treatment.

There is a snappy "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" and "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" to finish could well have been the coda, encapsulating in its idea the feeling of this CD.


by Ferdinand Maylin

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