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.
|THE IN SOUND
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: August 2, 1965
Bob Brookmeyer (tb); Spencer Sinatra (f, alto f); Sadao Watanabe (f,ts); Kenny Burrell, Gabor Szabo (g); Bob Bushnell, Richard Davis (b); Grady Tate, Sol Gubin (d); Gary McFarland (vib,vcl,arr,cond); Candido (cga); Willie Rodriguez, Joe Venuto (perc).
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: August
same or similar, except Gary McFarland (vib,vcl,arr,cond).
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; jazz, pop or otherwise. Available on Japanese CD only -- but the best tracks (except "The Moment of Truth") and the never-before-issued "Anna" from these sessions are also featured on Latin Lounge.