CD Live at Birdland [John Pizzarelli] [CD Boxset] [2 discs] (CD 634264),
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Live at Birdland [John Pizzarelli] [CD Boxset] [2 discs]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Introduction
    2. Just You, Just Me
    3. Frim Fram Sauce, The
    4. This Song Is You
    5. Isn't It a Pity?
    6. Rhode Island (Intro)
    7. Rhode Island
    8. Ray Kennedy: Libary of Congress
    9. Gospel Truth
    10. Ray Kennedy: Dizzy Gillespie Story
    11. James Taylor Intro 2
    12. Tea For Tatum
    13. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
    14. James Taylor Intro 2
    15. Mean Old Man
    16. Manhattan
    17. Rosemary Clooney Story
    18. Moonlight Becomes You
    19. Final Intro
    20. Will You Still Be Mine?
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Introduction
    2. Three Little Words
    3. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    4. Oh, How My Heart Beats For You
    5. Day I Found You, The (The Pollywog Song)
    6. Polliwog Story
    7. It's Only a Paper Moon
    8. Stompin' at the Savoy
    9. Better Run Before Its Spring
    10. Grover Kemble Story
    11. Headed Out to Vera's
    12. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You / Baby, Baby All The Time / Midnight Blue
    13. I Like Jersey Best Intro
    14. I Like Jersey Best
    15. My Castle's Rockin'
    16. Baby Just Come Home to Me
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83577

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    John Pizzarelli Trio: John Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar); Ray Kennedy (piano); Martin Pizzarelli (bass).
    Additional personnel: Grover Kemble (vocals).
    Producers: Robert Friedrich, The John Pizzarelli Trio.
    Recorded live at Birdland, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by John Pizzarelli.
    This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
    John Pizzarelli Trio: John Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar); Ray Kennedy (piano); Martin Pizzarelli (bass).
    Additional personnel: Grover Kemble (vocals).
    Producers: Robert Friedrich, The John Pizzarelli Trio.
    Recorded live at Birdland, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by John Pizzarelli.
    Jazz Times (6/03, p.131-2) - "...The first gentleman of contemporary jazz - spend five minutes with Pizzarelli and you'll fully appreciate his inimitable warmth, humor and munificence of spirit..."
    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. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (6/03, pp.131-2) - "...The first gentleman of contemporary jazz - spend five minutes with Pizzarelli and you'll fully appreciate his inimitable warmth, humor and munificence of spirit..."
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