The V.I.P. Trio – Standards Volume 2
After the warm reception received by the reissue of the first Standards album by the V.I.P. Trio, we are proud to present now Standards, Vol.2. Both albums were originally issued in 1988 and 1989, solely for the Japanese market, and now they receive worldwide distribution.
Bassist Pat Senatore produced these sessions, which puts him in the legendary company of pianist Cedar Walton and drummer Billy Higgins. Senatore’s soulful and lyrical bass shines in a program of standards tunes, recorded in audiophile quality sound.
In the mid 1980s, Walton had relocated to California, working up and down the coast, out to Japan, and back to New York when he was booked there. Senatore had a record deal with Japanese businessman Ken Akemoto, who stopped over in Los Angeles to record a handful of albums. The bassist chose Walton —even then one of the standard-bearers of mainstream jazz piano— though they had never worked together before. Higgins was Walton’s drummer of choice and had been the house drummer at Senatore’s Malibu jazz club Pasquale’s.
Though Senatore was the leader of the record, he respectfully shared billing with Walton and Higgins under the name of The V.I.P. Trio. The musicians came to terms easily, and the results were gratifying to all concerned. Walton’s masterful piano, Senatore’s soulful bass and the dancing sticks of Higgins made for a magical a combination that could scarcely be topped.
1. But Beautiful - 5:16 2. Beautiful Friendship - 5:22 3. Spring Is Here - 3:34 4. Fly Me To The Moon - 6:45 5. Autumn In New York - 6:16 6. Blues Bossa - 4:56 7. Prelude To A Kiss - 6:58 8. The Song Is You - 4:15 9. What's New - 7:23 10. Triste - 5:19
Previously released as “Standard Album, Vol. 2” on California Breeze PCB-0003
Cedar Walton (piano) , Pat Senatore (bass) , Billy Higgins (drums)
Recorded at Mad Hatter Recording Studio, Los Angeles, March 7 & 8, 1988