CD: Bob Dorough

Bob Dorough, Eulalia (Merry Lane Records)

Dorough EulaliaIn addition to endearing vocal performances of several of his best songs, Dorough gives listeners what may come as a surprise to many; his ingenuity as an arranger. The deceptive simplicity of “Eulalia,” the album’s sole instrumental, is one of several instances of his melody lines and the tang of his voicings giving energy and richness to a mid-sized ensemble. Dorough plays piano. Other soloists include alto saxophonist Phil Woods, bassist Steve Gilmore and Dorough’s daughter Aralee, a symphony flutist. Woods is on fire in Dorough’s gospel anthem “A Few Days of Glory” and in the classic “I’ve Got Just About Everything.” When Dorough recorded Eulalia, he was 88. His musicianship and wit were ageless.

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  1. Terence Smith says

    Having heard the “Devil May Care” Dorough live only once (2 sets), I can conclude that he is even more live than his albums. Every set is an education, with his little historical commentaries and a really essential bebop piano style. And he can sing anything, but picks the best, from his own mind and from the world.