Florida pianist has been recording since 1957 and took on his first solo album with some degree of apprehension and an equal measure of enthusiasm. The result is very satisfying.
Producer, Mat Domber, insisted that Eddie confine his choice of solo material to songs he had never recorded before. For most musicians who have played for 50 years, this would present quite a challenge. Higgins came through with flying colors in my opinion. I guess I'm biased as Eddie included many of my favorite melodies including "Can't Get Out of This Mood," "I Hadn't Anyone Till You," "Stairway to the Stars" and A Sleepin' Bee."
It's difficult to pin down Eddie's influences but Joe Bushkin, Dave McKenna and Ralph Sutton come to mind. I think that, if the truth be known, Higgins is influenced by composers rather than musicians.
The pianist has a great feeling for a song and treats every piece with respect and good taste. One of my favorites is "A Blues Serenade", a tune that is seldom recorded. The tune is so good that it required five people to write it. The last solo piano version in memory was done in the 1950s by Ellis Larkins. Higgins also excels on the Helen Ward classic, "You Turned the Tables On Me."
This CD is highly recommended to those of you love pianists who never lose the melody. This album is #6 in the Arbors Piano Series.