Jimmy Rowles: Looking Back - JazzWax

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June 16, 2009


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Ed Leimbacher

Carol Sloan gave us her unexpected version of Jimmy Rowles in your long interview some time back; Cheryl Ernst Wells offers another--the Rowles most jazz fans imagine, knowing his piano work, his sensitive accompanist skills for Sarah Vaughan and others, his originals like "The Peacocks" and "Looking Back," and his lovely daughter Stacy. I prefer to remember this Jimmy.

Denis Ouellet

Such wonderful stories. This brought tears to my eyes.
Jimmy was such a great player.
Listening to Stan Getz and Jimmy at the moment.

Thank you.

Stephanie Rowles

This is one of my favorite songs of my Dad's...I love the lyrics because they describe the home where I grew up, perfectly. I always tear up when I hear this song, especially when Stace sings it. I used to request it when I went to their Thursday night gig at Linda's on Melrose. A friend of mine directed me to this article, and I am grateful to have read it. Thanks, Cheryl for sharing your experience with my Dad. Thanks everybody who posted such love for my Dad, I miss him, too.

Simon Woolf

It is a most haunting piece of music, and quite un-like any of JR's other compostions. I've done my best to take it down but would love to see how jimmy wrote it out. Does anyone have a lead sheet?

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