By Norton Wright Los Angeles, CA. Trying to review a performance of pianist Alan Broadbent is like trying to describe lightning in a bottle. Broadbent’s playing is electrifying, so charged with power, substance, and beauty that descriptions like “swinging,” “groovy,” “funky,” etc. are wholly inadequate. On Saturday night at the elegant and so well-suited Zipper… Read More Live Jazz: Alan Broadbent At Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles.
Hans Groiner (Larry Goldings in disguise) offers some new perspectives on the music of the inimitable Thelonious Monk — with a few laughs along the way.
Danilo Perez “Across the Crystal Sea” (Decca) By Don Heckman Unabashed lyricism is the goal – desired and achieved – in this remarkable collaboration between composer/arranger Claus Ogerman and pianist Danilo Perez. The concept is similar to the 1965 album, “The Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra,” in which Ogerman adapted classical themes into settings… Read More CD Review: Danilo Perez “Across the Crystal Sea”
Simone Dinnerstein “The Berlin Concert” (Telarc) By Don Heckman Okay, let’s start with full disclosure. I’m not usually a fan of Bach’s music played on a contemporary piano. Not because it can’t be done well. Glen Gould killed that rumor, many times, over and over. What bothers me has more to do with the instrument’s… Read More CD Revew: Simone Dinnerstein: “The Berlin Concert”