NYC Jazz Record Review – RE: Person I Knew
Phil Palombi RE: Person I Knew – A Tribute To Scott LaFaro – (2011) | By Ken Dryden
Featured Artist: Phil Palombi
CD Title: RE: Person I Knew – A Tribute To Scott LaFaro
Record Label: LeGoat Records
Style: Straight-Ahead / Classic
Musicians: Phil Palombi (bass), Don Friedman (piano), Eliot Zigmund (drums)
Bassist Phil Palombi takes special care in this tribute to the gifted bassist Scott LaFaro, who was killed in an automobile accident at age 25. LaFaro’s 1825 Abraham Prescott bass was loaned to Palombi for this recording but Palombi doesn’t simply rehash a lot of songs that LaFaro recorded during his short life; in fact, only two of the compositions here were played by LaFaro. Instead Palombi recruited two musicians he had played with individually: veteran pianist Don Friedman and drummer Eliot Zigmund, best known for his work with Bill Evans in the mid to late ‘70s.