Nordal's technical mastery of the piano is immediately apparent, and his arrangements are highly original. Nordal plays a whole lot of piano, and like all great music, the rewards are ultimately humbling, and greatly appreciated.
In the tradition of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Phineas Newborn, and with a little Keith Jarrett for seasoning, Nordal's immense piano skills are tempered with a rich musicality that will excite any mainstream jazz fan.
1. Notoriety 7'19 (Marius Nordal)
2. But Beautiful 6'33 (Jimmy Van Heusen)
3. Cherokee (intro) 3'39
4. Cherokee (Ray Noble)
5. Up a Lazy River 5'38 (Hoagy Carmichael)
6. Smiles 7'32 (Marius Nordal)
7. Over the Rainbow 9'52 (Harold Arlen)
8. Whew! What a Night 8'30 (Marius Nordal)
9. Billy Boy 3'55 (traditional)
10. Si Tu Vois Ma Mere 3'44 (Sidney Bechet)
Produced by Marius Nordal
Recorded at Triad Studios, Redmond, Washington February 14 & 19, 1997
Engineered & mixed by Tom Hall
Mastered at Siena Digital, San Mateo, California
Cover photo by Melvin Waldo Bishop in Rome, Italy, 1962
Design & Layout by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Dave Nathan)
It's easy to classify a jazz performer as a journeyman when he/she isn't well-known, doesn't have a slew of CDs, awards, or other accouterments of fame. Perhaps that's OK now and then, but not in the case of Marius Nordal. Working out of the jazz-rich Northwest U.S., he has carved himself a niche by working gigs, doing big band arrangements, teachi ...
Earshot Jazz (Jason West)
Oscar Peterson used to advise his students not to be afraid of the piano. Somehow, I don’t think it was piano they feared. Listening to Marius Nordal’s "Notoriety" can be just as intimidating. Nordal’s technical mastery of the piano is immediately apparent, and his arrangements---he’s worked primarily as a composer---are ...