By: Jeff Becker
His sophomore effort Let’s…began as a compilation of some of the most popular tunes from his concerts and developed from there. His objective was for this collection of songs to have a wider appeal than, perhaps those on his freshman CD A Scot In L.A., which tended to be more focused. He did not title the CD Let’s Fall in Love because it’s not exclusively a love album; hence the abbreviation to Let’s…
“Let’s Fall In Love” has a great new arrangement from pianist Gary Fukushima; from the unison intro lines of guitar and piano punctuated with hits, one gets the idea that this is going to be a good listen. The unison lines are again heard at the end of each section that Cairns sings the melody, giving the arrangement a nice flow and cohesive balance. An interlude is added at the end of the form which finds Cairns relaxed voice teamed up with guitarist Larry Koonse in a series of rhythmic hits that segues nicely into the guitar solo portion of the arrangement. Koonse delivers a swinging solo over the two A sections followed by Cairns finishing the form. That brings us to the real treat of this arrangement, a beautifully composed vocal ease in which Cairns masterfully executes streams of complex rhythmic and intervallic lines in unison with guitar, bass, and piano. This is a great arrangement of this well known standard.
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