DeMerle plays with such power and grace as to make his quartet sound like a band three times that size.
Les DeMerle's 4th recording for Origin is another swinging affair that further cements his reputation as one of the most dynamic drummers in jazz. Recorded live in front of an enthusiastic audience, the band sizzles on 15 tunes including classics such as "Cute," "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid," and the soul hit "Compared to What." With vocalist Bonnie Eisele, they caress standards "The Shadow of Your Smile," "The More I See You," and "Stardust," and they define future standards including the title cut "Cookin' at the Corner" by pianist Mike Levine.
1. Cookin' At The Corner 3:57
2. It Might As Well Be Spring 4:52
3. Bennie's From Heaven 3:15
4. Cute 4:04
5. Satin Doll / Don't Get Around Much Anymore 5:32
6. Agua De Beber 3:57
7. Lullaby Of Birdland 3:50
8. Stardust 5:28
9. Smack Dab In The Middle 3:24
10. The Shadow of Your Smile 5:06
11. The More I See You 3:07
12. What A Difference A Day Made 3:27
13. Compared To What 6:44
14. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid 2:14
15. I Do Love You 5:00
LES DeMERLE - drums/vocals
BONNIE EISELE - vocals/percussion
MIKE LEVINE - piano
RICKY RAVELO - bass
Produced by Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele
Recorded live at The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head, SC, November 11 & 12, 2005
Recorded by Husband Productions
Mastering by Mark Guenther, Seattle, WA
Layout & design by John Bishop
Jazz Prospecting (Tom Hull)
The setup is piano-bass-drums plus singer, but the leader is the drummer, and he sings some too. In fact, DeMerle and Eisele pair up like Louis Prima and Keely Smith, even if they play it straight most of the time. (But not all the time: DeMerle sings one about a sailor who comes home after three years to find his wife has a new baby named Bennie. ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
Recorded at a club in Hilton Head, Les DeMerle puts together an extensive set of standards for a jumping instrumental trio with the inclusion, from time to time, of singer Bonnie Eisele. Though there is a pair of original compositions from pianist Michael Levine, the vast majority of the album hails from the American songbook and slightly later jaz ...
All About Jazz (Edward Blanco)
A veteran first-call musician and leader of many bands who has also shared the stage with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mel Torme, power drummer Les DeMerle's fourth album on the Origin label, Cookin' at the Corner, Volume One, was recorded live at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina in 2005. DeMerle and crew deliver a ...