Wilson, Reg - 88 Keys and a Girl - Used
Sleeve and vinyl: VG.
While once in a while, some black piano player is so entertaining that I can almost get into the piano jazz trio, but really it just ain't my thing. But this cat has a female singer (who sadly nearly goes uncredited although Duke Ellington calls her out in the liner notes), Corrinna Manetto doing wordless vocalizing, helping this considerably, much more interesting then the chorus vocalizing that was so popular with easy-listening pop music of the 1960s, this sole voice more distinctive and enjoyable, the two voices (piano and vocals) dueting and conversing, backed with an uncredited rhythm section, both the bass and drums pushing it along but staying in the back, Reg's playing in the spotlight, covering lots of the corny cool pop songs and soundtrack ditties of the decade. With the vocalizing, this could only come from the more lush side of the 1960s. For fans of 60s lounge music (or jazz piano), this is a worthwhile listen.
Reg was a Canadian jazz pianist from Montréal, moved to New York in the late 1960s. This apparently was his only album.