Don Shirley - S/T
Audio Fidelity AFSD5897 / CLP1897
1. One More for the Road (Arlen)
2. Satin Doll (Ellington)
3. Somebody Loves Me (Gershwin)
4. Nearness of You (Carmichael)
5. Easy Living (Robin)
6. The Way You Look Tonight (Kern)
7. Blues for Basses (Fricker, Shirley, Frey)
8. Happy Talk (Rogers, Hammerstein)
9. The Nearly Was Mine (Rodgers)
10. Dites Moi (Rogers)
11. I Remember April (Raye, dePaul, Johnston)
12. Black is the Color (Shirley, Frey)
A Renaissance Man is one who is artistically gifted and able to express his gifts in abundant manners. The type of man is rare; our age, the age of specialization, hasn't produced many of note, but Don Shirley is definitely a contender for the title. In addition to his Doctorate in Music, he hold Doctorates in Psychology and Liturgical Arts, speaks eight languages fluently and paints expertly.
In is impossible to categorize Don Shirley's music. It is possible to say that as an arranger-composer he treats each price of music as a new composition, not just an arrangement. Don plays Standards in a non-standard way. He is a virtuoso, playing everything from Show tunes to ballads to his personal arrangements of Negro spirituals to jazz, and always with the overtone of classically trained musician who has utmost respect for the music he is playing.