Track 7: Them There Eyes
The eyes are supposed to be the windows to the world. There’s so much emotion connected to eyes: stink eye, evil eye, puppy eyes, laughing eyes, smoky eyes, etc. It’s nice to have a song about it too. To be honest, I just wanted to have a musical conversation with Jeff Hamilton on this one. The stuff he does on drums is just ridiculous (sticks to brushes to hands, and back to sticks before you know what happened). He is also incredibly generous and present on the bandstand. I’m happy to report that I got his smiling eyes on this one.
Who’s Responsible: I’m sure if you listen close, you can hear bits of Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Peggy Lee.
The Connection: I have listened to so many versions of this song. I just can’t ever seem to get enough of it. All phrasing quotes are purely un-intentional.