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The set includes the familiar Mancini/Mercer tunes, "Moon River" and "Days of Wine and Roses," Burke and VanHeusen's "It Could Happen to You," the Lennon/McCartney song "With a Little Help From My Friends," Arlen Koehler's "I'll Wind," a gorgeous take on "Deep In A Dream," plus four fine Genna originals that sound as though they could fit in the American Songbook.
Genna and the trio take some chances, givng some of the familiar melodies their own idiosyncratic twists, enlivening "Moon River," giving it an up-tempo edginess, while maintaining a accessible level of reverence; and giving "With A Little Help From My Friends" a very lovely and introspectively melancholy feel, while his original, "Breezeway" hits an up-tempo groove and cruises along smoothly on Gary Mazzaroppi and Bill Jones' (bass and drums) roll-down-the-highway rhythm.
A piano trio outing that rises above the pack via top level musicianship on a set of creative covers of familiar tunes alongside Genna's distinctive originals.
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Track Listing: Moon River, It Could Happen to You, With a Little Help From My Friends, Zoomba Zamba, Deep in a Dream, Days of Wine and Roses, Ruby, Breezeway, For Caroline, I'll Wind
Personnel: George Genna--piano; Gary Mazzaroppi--bass; Bill Jones--drums
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