Jon Alberts / Jeff Johnson / Tad Britton

Apothecary

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Elliott Simon, All About Jazz

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This Apothecary is filled with new medicine in old bottles as this very experienced trio presents thoughtful fresh takes on tunes they have more than likely played as a group for over 20 years. Monk's "Bemsha Swing" and "Mysterioso" retain their pianistic quirks but are opened up with an unhurried approach while "Nardis" is given a similar savoring. Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way" is angularized, Bill Evans' "Turn Out the Stars" keeps the original's beauty and intensity while being comfortably deconstructed and the familiar melody in Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" remains obvious but again is allowed to breathe fresh air. Leonard Bernstein's "Some Other Time" is just simply gorgeous and closes out a program that if played again live by this trio would be as fresh and different from this session as it would again be from the originals.






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