The CD opens with “You Say You Care,” a tune written by Leo Robin and Jule Styne for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But of course the version that inspired Keith Emerson was that by John Coltrane, on the 1958 record Soultrane. I really like Keith Emerson Trio’s rendition. It has a lot of energy, and a bit of swing to it. There is also a nice bass solo. That is followed by “There Will Never Be Another You,” a standard written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, and recorded by a large number of artists over the years. This version by The Keith Emerson Trio starts off sweetly, and then kicks in, becoming a fun number. This one, too, has a bass solo.
One of my favorite tracks is their version of Oliver Nelson’s “Teenie’s Blues,” here titled “Teenies Blues,” which starts off deliciously with bass and drums. Keith Emerson then gets loose over that cool rhythm, but the bass figures very prominently here. That is followed by two originals. The first is “Winkle Picker Stamp,” which is based on Earl Guest’s “Winkle Picker Stomp.” And here is where things turn toward rock and roll. Things continue in that vein with “56 Blues,” the other original composition, named after the number on the house where these recordings were made. Both of these tracks are a lot of fun.
They keep things lively with a cover of “You Came A Long Way From Saint Louis,” written by Bob Russell, and then return to jazz to wrap things up with a cool rendition of Hank Mobley’s “Soul Station.”
CD Track List
- You Say You Care
- There Will Never Be Another You
- Teenies Blues
- Winkle Picker Stamp
- 56 Blues
- You Came A Long Way From Saint Louis
- Soul Station
The Keith Emerson Trio was released on CD on November 6, 2015.