Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Improvisations to Music (1959)
Nichols and May, love them. Went through a phase, a decade or so ago, where I was looking for the old – great – comedy records. And I got onto the duo of Nichols and May, I knew about them – and of course knew about Mike Nichols for his directing work and Elaine May for, particularly, her screenwriting (often uncredited). But hearing their early work together was a revelation. I had a compilation CD that I used to listen to a lot. But I was pretty chuffed to find this just recently – in the recycle centre/dump store – a 50c record that plays just fine. No scratches, no scuffing. But there’s also no market for comedy records – especially the old/old-fashioned kind. This is the duo’s debut. A bit of piano gets tinkled at in the background as they riff and improvise dialogues. Their character work stunning – magnificent.
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