A lot of artists did renditions of this Arthur Schwartz composition but in my mind none of them ever came close to this native Detroiter’s baritone sax.
Pepper Adams became one of jazz’s best players and to this day still stands out. Hearing this song with Doug Watkins opening bass sets the tone and mood to put you back in time of an era of Cool.
Gerry Mulligan suddenly had composition and actually made Adams step not only up to the challenge but at times way beyond. Let’s just put it this way, hearing 50s jazz makes you appreciate every single artist that came in, from and out of it. You also wish it could once again be like that just one more time.
The players sadly leave us, the music they made while they were here lives on. So you get to have “Alone Together” always.
Album: Critics’ Choice 1957
Pepper Adams – baritone sax
Doug Watkins – double bass
Jimmy Rowles – piano
Lee Katzman – trumpet
Mel Lewis – drums