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Rebecca Kilgore/Dave Frishberg: The Starlit Hour

There was something special about Rebecca Kilgore and Dave Frishberg’s long-running engagement at the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore. Unfortunately, the gig ended in 1997.

The good news is that one evening in February of that year, Alan Garren of the delightfully named Waltzing Bear Audio captured an hour of their collaboration. Garren’s recording is up close and perfectly balanced. Musical, cheerful, literate and faultlessly in tune, Kilgore sang 17 songs. Frishberg was at the piano, not opening his mouth. Famous as a songwriter and singer, he is less well known these days as an accompanist and soloist. He is, however, a world-class pianist, favored in his salad days by Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Jimmy Rushing, Carmen McRae and Ben Webster. His work with Kilgore, including two solo features, is a firm reminder of that.

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