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Love Me or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn)

 

Enrique Oliver is a titan of the tenor saxophone originally from Malaga. After this experience, I can only wish to do a gig with him as soon as possible. His sound is deep and noble. This edition of Dual lauD has a godmother, our mutual friend Montse Merino, who had the beautiful vision of puting us virtually together to make music this May. Thanks Montse!

 

Love or Leave Me was written in 1928 for the Broadway musical “Whoopee!”. It became the biggest-selling at the time after being edited by Columbia. The original version was sung by Ruth Etting.

 

Later notable versions of the piece are those of Fats Waller in 1929 (with an impressive and groovy stride piano), Billie Holiday in 1941 (with her unique and spectacular melodic variations, in an elegant middle time), Frank Sinatra in 1954 (in a beautiful and atypical small combo version live for the Radio show “Perfectly Frank”) and Miles Davis in a fast tempo in 1957 for his album Walkin´.

 

Enrique and I make a clear nod to the aesthetics of Maestro John Coltrane, taking the opportunity to pay tribute in memoriam to the pianist of his classic Quartet in the 1960s, the recently deceased McCoy Tyner.

 

 


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