Eddie Heywood - Breezin' Along with the Breeze
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Mercury Records MG 20445

Winds in Autumn
With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair
The Breeze and I
Whispering Wind
Begin the Beguine

High on a Windy Hill
Evening Breeze
I Feel Like a Feather in the Breeze
Soft Summer Breeze
Gone with the Wind
Breezin' Along with the Breeze

The soft, gentle patter of the rain against a windowpane . . . the murmur of the wind, whistling through the trees . . . the sprightly dance of russet leaves in the Fall . . . they go together like Keats and Shelley . . . like Debussy and "Clair de Lune" . . . like Eddie Heywood and his piano . . .

In all its capricious whims, the wind affects our every mood. A whispering breeze stirs up the aura of romance; and, as the ancient saying would have it, an ill wind blows nobody good. Still, listening to the wind in all its flights and fancies, there's always a certain magic spell woven, whether we hear it from high on a hill, or murmuring down a country lane.

With his usual impeccable taste and superb piano artistry, Eddie Heywood captures the variability of that magic in all its enchantment, ranging from the balmy breezes of Spring to the crisp winds of Autumn.

Displaying equal versatility in the creative field, Eddie Heywood has composed four numbers featured in this album. They include "Winds In Autumn", "Whispering Wind", "Evening Breeze", and, "Soft Summer Breeze" And, to round out "Breezin' Along With The Breeze", there's his unique and inimitable version of "Begin The Beguine", which, although it does not tally exactly with the theme of the album, nevertheless is performed with the delicate touch of a sparkling summer zephyr.

Leonard Hoffman