Back to the Beautiful

Back to the Beautiful is an album by pianist Stanley Cowell recorded in 1989 and first released on the Concord label.[1][2]

Back to the Beautiful
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Studio album by
RecordedJuly 1989 at Penny Lane Studios, New York
LabelConcord CCD-4398
Stanley Cowell chronology
Back to the Beautiful
Departure 2


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]

In the Chicago Tribune, Jack Fuller stated "this one is such easy listening that you could be deceived into thinking that is all it is. ...the music is more subtle for its seeming simplicity and more satisfying for its restraint."[4] John Litweiler observed "Stanley Cowell is a straightforward, eclectic, essentially late-bop piano sophisticate, and this program of mostly trio selections is attractively lyrical. ...As composer and arranger, then, Cowell is good here; his improvising, however, is less vital."[5] In his review for AllMusic, Scott Yanow said "Pianist Stanley Cowell displays some of his versatility on this Concord CD".[3]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Stanley Cowell except as indicated

  1. "Theme for Ernie" (Fred Lacey) – 6:59
  2. "Wail" (Bud Powell) – 6:18
  3. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 4:55
  4. "But Beautiful" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 6:22
  5. "Sylvia's Place" – 5:51
  6. "Come Sunday" (Ellington) – 9:05
  7. "Carnegie Six" – 6:40
  8. "St. Croix" – 5:10
  9. "Prayer for Peace" – 9:01
  10. "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" (Eric Maschwitz, Manning Sherwin) – 5:43



  1. ^ Stanley Cowell discography accessed January 20, 2015
  2. ^ Stanley Cowell Catalog accessed April 2, 2015
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Back to the Beautiful – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Fuller, J., Chicago Tribune Review, January 7, 1990
  5. ^ Litweiler, J., Chicago Tribune Review, January 28, 1990