Rita Reys And The Pim Jacobs Trio featuring Kenny Clarke – Jazz Pictures at an Exhibition + Marriage in Modern Jazz
Kenny Clarke’s presence in Paris round the middle of October 1961 was too good a chance for Pim Jacobs and Rita Reys to miss. Pim, with his brother Ruud on bass and Wim Overgaauw on guitar, were one of the smoothest functioning jazz combos in Europe, so when he phoned the great drummer to fix a date Clarke jumped at the offer. The result was a joyously grooving, relaxed concert recorded at the Singer Concerthall at Laren in Holland on October 12.
As a pair, Rita and Pim were an artistic marriage made in heaven from their first meeting, a fact mirrored in their real-life marriage. Serendipitously, the second album included here was the first record on which Rita Reys was heard at length with her soon-to-be husband’s trio. It was recorded in Hilversum on June 23, 1960, the same summer they were awarded first prize in the international competition at the “1er Festival Europeen du Jazz” in Antibes-Juan-les-Pins in July 1960; this last performance included here as a bonus.
She was already considered a top jazz vocalist with her own swinging style—Europe’s First Lady of Jazz. In Kenny Clarke’s own words, “she’s just great, she’s just... well she is RITA!”
1. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (Young-Ahlert) - 2:28 2. Autumn Leaves (Kosma-Prevert-Mercer) - 3:39 3. Cherokee (Ray Noble) - 3:25 4. Poor Butterfly (Golden-Hubbell) - 3:31 5. Can't We Be Friends? (James-Swift) - 3:20 6. I Get a Kick Out of You (Cole Porter) - 3:22 7. I Remember Clifford (Benny Golson) - 2:47 8. Tangerine (Mercer-Schertzinger) - 2:37 9. Speak Low (Weill-Nash) - 3:50 10. What's New? (Haggart-Burke) - 2:55 11. Summertime (Gershwin-Heyward) - 3:24 12. Broadway (Henderson-DeSylva-Brown) - 3:04 13. I’ve Got the World on a String (Arlen-Koehler) - 3:21 14. No Moon at All (Evans-Mann) - 3:12 15. How Deep Is the Ocean (Berlin) - 3:10 16. Have You Met Miss Jones (Rodgers-Hart) - 1:37 17. Too Close for Comfort (Bock-Weiss) - 2:22 18. Like Someone In Love (Burke-Van Heusen) - 2:48 19. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (Bassman-Washington) - 2:35 20. Thou Swell (Rodgers-Hart) - 2:57 21. Willow Weep for Me (Ann Ronell) - 4:44 22. But Not for Me (Gershwin-Gershwin) - 2:20 23. Thou Swell (Rodgers-Hart) - 3:12 * 24. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (Bassman-Washington) - 2:09 * 25. Willow Weep for Me (Ann Ronell) - 4:44 *
(*) Bonus tracks
Tracks #1-10, from the Philips 1961 album "Jazz Pictures at an Exhibition" (P 08062 L)
Tracks #11-22, from the Philips 1960 album "Marriage in Modern Jazz" (P 08052 L)
Tracks #23-25, not on the original LP configuration
Rita Reys (vocals) , Pim Jacobs (piano) , Wim Overgaauw (guitar) , Ruud Jacobs (bass) , Kenny Clarke (drums on #1-10)
[#1-10] Recorded at the “Singer Concerthall”, Laren, Holland, October 21, 1961
[#11-22] Recorded in Hilversum, Holland, June 23, 1960
[#23-25] Recorded at Jazz Festival Antibes/Juan-les-Pins, France, July 13, 1960
Original recordings produced by Michiel de Ruyter (#1-22)
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol