|The Serious Matt Wilson|
|"He thinks he's Ethel Merman...."|
Certainly the second tune of the CD would illustrate my point easily; it's a hybrid of an obscured "Sunshine Of Your Love" combined with a more overt "My Funny Valentine". Stiles' calls it "In The Sunshine Of My Funny Valentine's Love". The two themes are stirred around in a quirky rubato. Then Stiles' solos alone, stating the time. Wilson joins after 12 bars. Yes, it sounds like they are soloing on a C minor blues form, but then they sort of allude to the bridge of "My Funny Valentine", but then it shifts to something else which I'm not 100 percent sure of whether it is something planned or not. There is so much C minor happening that Frahm can't resist quoting Bach's fugue in Cminor from the Well Tempered Clavier.
|Joan Stiles at the Piano|
I'm guessing that many writers are going to talk about the lack of bass player as a point of interest. Honestly, I'm not as interested in that aspect of this CD, only because there is so much interplay, creativity, skillful rhythm, and joy here that I don't even notice it. Stiles' holds down the "bass" as much as necessary. As I have said, I'm more interested in talking about what the music "is" rather than what it "isn't". "Three Musicians" is an enjoyable CD that you won't regret downloading from itunes.