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John Lewis : Grand Encounter


Most of the music here is self-explanatory.  Of particular interest, however, are these items: the simple ingenuity of the first four choruses of “Two Degrees East – Three Degrees West,” in which Perkins and Hall play a unison figure with spaced bass and tom-tom beats below them, are joined midway in the second chorus by Lewis, then drift into the background for the following two choruses while heath solos….

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Also reissued as “2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West” and occasionally listed under tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins’ name, this classic session is the ultimate in cool jazz. Perkins’ mellow tone matches quite well with the quiet but inwardly passionate playing of pianist John Lewis, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Chico Hamilton. Lewis is featured with the rhythm section on “I Can’t Get Started”, Hall is added for “Skylark”, and the full group plays three standards plus Lewis’ memorable (and atmospheric) “2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West”.


1. Love Me Or Leave Me
2. I Can’t Get Started
3. Easy Living

1. 2 Degrees East
2. 3 Degrees West
3. Skylark
4. Almost Like Being In Love


Additional information

Weight .280 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm