Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Joey Calderazzo’s Self Titled CD “Joey Calderazzo”

Here is a very powerful Post-Bop jazz piano CD. It was recorded on Jan 6, 1999 – Jan 9, 1999 on the Sony Music Distribution label and was released on May 9, 2000.

According to a review by David R. Adler in the All Music Guide to Jazz, this CD is primarily composed of original compositions except for Bill Evans’ introspective Time Remembered and the hard-swinging Slings and Arrows by Michael Breaker. His originals are entitled The Oracle, Toonay, Haiku, Detonation and Catania.

The moods of this CD vary from lively to dreamy and sentimental. Adler states that “Calderazzo’s playing on this record stands as a yardstick against which all other post-bop pianists can be measured.” I have to agree!

Personnel: John Patitucci-Bass, Jeff “Tain” Watts-Drums

It is apparent that Calderazzo has been significantly influenced by several legendary jazz pianists when listening to this album. They are, in my opinion, as follows: Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner. What I like about Calderazzo is that he isn’t just a replica of these jazz giants, but he assimilates and transforms their approaches to playing jazz piano into his own style. Go Joey!

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