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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Pianadelphia: Philadelphia Jazz Tribute Vol. 1

Anyone have this CD yet? Sounds great. The Philadelphia Inquirer gave it a ***1/2 star review, copied below. (Some day I hope to get around to my own reviews...)

Also, click here to see a video of performance excerpts and interviews with Tom Lawton, Trudy Pitts, Jim Ridl, Sid Simmons, Don Wilson, and Dave Posmontier.

"Pianadelphia: Philadelphia Jazz Tribute Vol. 1
(Soulsearch Music ***1/2)

Fourteen Philly-based pianists take on a like number of tunes written by a bevy of the city's jazz greats. The result: a certifiable Schuylkill-to-Delaware collection. And while the set leaves out some great ones, the CD represents a fast who's who on keyboards from the longtime Four Seasons gigmeister Tom Lawton to Neil Podgurski, whose recent CD is called New Fire.

Trudy Pitts is a knockout, playing orchestral-sized chords on John Coltrane's "Naima," while Jim Ridl proves to be percussive and inventively angular on Pat Martino's "The Great Stream."

Another pianist with Martino links, Ron Thomas, goes for gorgeous on the guitar master's "A Portrait of Diana," while Paul Sottile's take of Bobby Timmons' "Moanin'" checks in on the pleasant side of funky.

Philly stalwarts Don Wilson, Sid Simmons and Rich Budesa all score reasonably, with Wilson's take of Lee Morgan's "Ceora" sounding unusually soulful. Dave Posmontier pulls some rich classical gas from Benny Golson's "Whisper Not," while Bill Schilling, Lucas Brown, Gary Moran and George Burton all add to the party.
--K. Stark"


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