When he left the 1950s, Perkins' restless curiosity and musicianship kept him searching, studying and changing. I know from many conversations with him that he appreciated the enthusiasm of listeners who loved his early work, but he would not deny the compulsion to progress. His solos on Bill Holman's 1997 big band album of Thelonious Monk tunes are latterday evidence of that. There is more in this video clip of Perkins from a 1993 appearance with Shorty Rogers. (Rogers doesn't play on You've Changed.") The rhythm section is Chuck Marohnic, piano; Joel DiBartolo, bass; and Dom Moio, drums. For reasons known only to whoever posted this on YouTube, the clip fades to black just as Perk is starting the final 16 bars of his last chorus. In addition, the video is fuzzy and applause wipes out the beginning of Marohnic's solo. But for Perkins' reading of the melody and his solo chorus that follows, this glimpse of his playing in his final decade is worth seeing and hearing.
For more video clips from the session, go here.