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John Pizzarelli Trio - John Pizzarelli Live at Birdland (2003) {2xSACD}

5-05-2016, 20:23
Jazz | HD & Vinyl

Title: John Pizzarelli Live at Birdland
Year Of Release: 2003
Label: Telarc
Genre: Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Mainstream Jazz
Quality: SACD (DSD64 2.0, DST64 5.1; Image (ISO))
Total Time: 02:11:53 min
Total Size: 7,63 Gb

This is a wonderful, warm-hearted, and effortlessly virtuosic live recording by one of the finest living exponents of pre-bop small-ensemble jazz. With pianist Ray Kennedy and bassist Martin Pizzarelli (and on two songs joined by vocalist Grover Kemble), singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli runs through a generally lightweight but thoroughly charming set of standards, homages, funny stories, and the occasional original tune; the fast tunes are light and frothy, the ballads smooth and gentle, and even the moments that are less than utterly inspired work together with the album's highlights to create a very satisfying whole. John Pizzarelli has a suit sponsor, which tells you something about what to expect of him as a singer: his voice is smooth and warm, offering a nice combination of Chet Baker's timbre and Dean Martin's fullness; as a guitarist you need to know that he favors seven-string guitars and flat-wound strings, leading him naturally to a swinging Django Reinhardt-meets-Freddie Green kind of sound. As for the trio's instrumentation, it's true that when you can comp with this kind of authority you don't technically need a drummer. But on a few tracks a drummer would have filled out the band's sound nicely. Highlights include the group's fun, slightly greasy take on "Frim Fram Sauce" and a great ode to Art Tatum called "Tea for Tatum," as well as a fine original blues composition titled "Headed Out to Vera's." Pizzarelli's own "Oh, How My Heart Beats for You" and "Day I Found You" are also wonderful. But the album's standout track is a limpidly gorgeous rendition of another original, "Better Run Before It's Spring." Pizzarelli is obviously having a blast in the intimate setting of the legendary Birdland club, and so will any jazz lover who takes the time to listen. Very highly recommended. (Allmusic)

John Pizzarelli Trio - John Pizzarelli Live at Birdland (2003) {2xSACD}
Disc 1:
01.Introduction 00:06
02.Just You, Just Me 04:41
03.The Frim Fram Sauce 05:31
04.This Song Is You 06:13
05.Isn't It a Pity ? 04:14
06.Rhode Island Intro 01:04
07.Rhode Island 03:45
08.Ray Kennedy - Library of Congress Story 04:13
09.Gospel Truth 05:22
10.Ray Kennedy - Dizzy Gillespie Story 03:13
11.Tea for Tatum 05:06
12.James Taylor Intro 1 00:12
13.Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight 03:13
14.James Taylor Intro 2 01:03
15.Mean Old Man 03:50
16.Manhattan 04:13
17.Rosemary Clooney Story 02:32
18.Moonlight Becomes You 03:18
19.Final Intro 00:30
20.Will You Still Be Mine ? 04:21

Disc 2:
01.Introduction 00:18
02.Three Little Words 04:31
03.They Can't Take That Away From Me 06:02
04.Oh, How My Heart Beats for You 04:27
05.The Day I Found You 03:10
06.Polliwog Story 01:43
07.It's Only a Paper Moon 07:39
08.Stompin' at The Savoy 04:44
09.Better Run Before It's Spring 03:38
10.Grover Kemble Story 02:55
11.Headed Out to Vera's 03:50
12.Medley: Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You/ Baby, Baby All the Time/ Midnight Blue 05:30
13.I Like Jersey Best Intro 00:58
14.I Like Jersey Best 08:29
15.My Castle's Rockin' 03:55
16.Baby Just Come Home to Me 03:13

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Panhistoricus   User offline   1 June 2016 10:16

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