Randy Halberstadt

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MUSIC REVIEW BY John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

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Recorded in Seattle, this album from one of the outstanding jazz pianists of the Pacific Northwest brings us a notable lineup of composers - Artie Shaw, Branislav Kaper, Ray Noble, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Italian jazzman Enrico Pieranunzi, and would you believe Frederic Chopin? This is a trend seen on a number of jazz releases lately - one track on the album being a straight interpretation of a classical work; in this case Chopin's Nocturne in C# Minor. Bill Evans' B Minor Waltz also gets a very classical unaccompanied piano treatment, but then things switch to a strong swing on Monk's Well You Needn't with the trio. Kaper's Invitation starts out like Erroll Garner's famous atonal intros, where we must guess what the theme could possibly be. Then it evolves into a recognizable but still edgy nine-minute treatise on the tune. A most listenable and imaginative modern jazz piano trio outing.






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