2009 Ottawa Jazz Festival: Al Di Meola World Sinfonia '09 and Lenore Raphael Trio
Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays" found everyone trading solos. Next came one of the originals called "One For The Byrd". Raphael explained that Byrd refers to a doctor in Palm Springs who arranged for her to come out there to do a concert and provided the "royal treatment". "When someone does that for you," added Raphael, "you write a song for him." The tune is a neat little swinger with a memorable melody. Back to the standards with "I Thought About You" done with an easy swinging delivery and some "tap dancing" with the brushes by drummer Robb. Piano and drums traded fours in a musical conversation. The last number was the other original by Raphael titled "Blues For O.P.," written in honor of Oscar Peterson
who was one of her idols and one of her influences. The tune starts with a five note statement, followed by a dazzling run down the keys and then into a swinging blues.
Raphael has her own style, does not sound like anyone else out there today and although she has amazing technique and the ability to utilize the entire keyboard in her playing, she is not a show-off. What you get is the emotion and passion she feels for the music which is what makes it swing. And the near filled auditorium responded with a standing ovation and much cheering after the last number.
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