1 April 2006


A lovely breezy piece of jazz pop bossa and an excellent showcase for Gary McFarland's melodic gifts. The In Sound improves upon the Soft Samba concept with exceptional covers ("The Moment of Truth," "The Sting of the Bee"), some of McFarland's most distinctive originals ("The Hills of Verdugo," "Over Easy," "Fried Bananas"), an increased jazz quotient and tremendous playing. McFarland is spot on throughout, playing with a vigor seldom heard elsewhere. Perhaps he drew inspiration from the superb and simpatico guitar work of fellow Berklee alum, Gabor Szabo. McFarland and Szabo never sounded better together, despite a number of later albums together (Gypsy 66, Profiles, Simpatico, Dreams). Recent Berklee grad, Sadao Watanabe, is a nice but rather mixed-down addition on flute. This may be the best music McFarland ever made.

About the cover- Songwriter Margo Guryan had purchased the painting "Fried Egg On A Polka Dot Tablecloth" (1965) by her cousin, pop artist Peter Shulman. Guryan thought it might make a good album cover and interested Creed Taylor in the painting (who wanted to whiten the background). Taylor had chosen the painting for Gary McFarland's record. However, the album's title dismayed Guryan, a former writing partner of McFarland's, since song titles like "Wine And Bread," "Fried Bananas" and especially "Over Easy" seemed to suit the image better.

Tracks are mixed up on the download - should be
1. Satisfaction
2. I Concentrate on You
3. Here I Am
4. The Moment of Truth
5. Fried Bananas
6. Bloop Bleep
7. The Hills of Verdugo
8. The Sting of the Bee
9. Over Easy
10. Wine and Bread



farbror_traktor said...

Cool album. Thanks for sharing it!
But the tracklisting seems to be messed up.
Fried Bananas should be Here I am,
I Concentrate on You should be Bloop Bleep and The Sting of the Bee should be Wine and Bread i guess.
I'm not sure about the others.

bacoso said...

thanks-- not sure what happened there probably buggered up while ripping to mp3 .Correct track listing now posted

Muse said...

better than expected, Thanks & Cheers!