Bill Charlap-Renee Rosnes Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Arizona June 4, 2014 Facing each other at a nestled pair of nine-foot concert grand pianos, Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes combined their 20 fingers for a compelling concert that didn't rely solely on the Great American Songbook. While there was a bit of George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers, the program offered a refreshingly varied and intriguing repertoire. They mostly worked from charts related to their CD, Double Portrait (Blue Note, 2014). Playing with the piano tops removed, their eye contact was supplemented by slight head ...read more
Many people believe that married couples have a telepathic connection. This recording puts that theory to the test, with two of the most important pianists in jazz today--who also happen to be husband and wife--sitting down for a duo piano recital. Charlap's own work with drummer Kenny Washington and bassist Peter Washington has positioned him as one of the key voices in the piano trio format. His selection of standards and exquisite, classy recording projects have given him status as an arbiter of taste within the jazz world. While these aspects of his playing are Charlap's calling ...read more
Bill Charlap Trio University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan October 2, 2009While much of the credit for reinventing the standard repertoire via the piano trio can go to Keith Jarrett, the pianist's muse is more about using such chestnuts as a launching point for his own self-probing and extended improvisations. In the case of fellow pianist Bill Charlap, the focus is on just the opposite. His aim is to frame these trinkets in the best possible light while adding his own personality through keen arrangements and concise solo statements. As a result, Charlap's ...read more
"How's it going? Let's talk some. That's the kind of atmosphere Freddy Cole sings. He's casual, chatty and comforting, like a good old friend. A bit more gravel in his voice these days only adds to the warmth of his style. In a choice set of selections from the Great American Songbook there are some particular standouts. Music Maestro Please serves as a last-call-for-alcohol moment perfectly suited to Cole's particular swinging ever so gentle buddy-to-buddy style. When he drifts into a conversational coda to the song with I'm trying to make it on home, bring me a double, you can ...read more
Bill Charlap delivers on this live date with a trio documented on four previous Blue Note releases. Recorded at the Village Vanguard during the club's weeklong 70th anniversary celebration, this CD pulls together a tasty selection of material and even tastier performances. Charlap with Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums) have worked together for a decade and their chemistry has produced an appealing cohesion. This is a well-paced offering with solid recitals on every track. The opening number, Gerry Mulligan's Rocker, is an up-tempo affair that builds with intensity, contrastingly followed by a dreamy version of ...read more
Jazz in July FestivalBird & Diz: Bebop Today92nd Street YNew York, NYJuly 19, 2007 The Jazz in July series, which runs from Tuesday through Thursday for two weeks, is a venerable institution that has existed for the past twenty years. In the past, pianist Dick Hyman was the creative director, but this is the third year under the direction of pianist Bill Charlap. This night's theme, Diz & Bird: Bebop Today, had the dual purpose of exploring the nature of bebop and how it differed from the previous era, ...read more
Recorded in September 2003, this program includes several standards, giving a sense of familiarity to its essence. Pianist Bill Charlap enjoys a mellow groove. He squeezes the melody out of the piano as if it were coming from a rose petal. Nothing stands in his way as he sends each lyrical theme on its way. With bass and drums supplying his rhythmic foundation, the pianist moves gracefully over each selection with class.
For the most part, Charlap keeps this session quiet and gentle. His interpretations come naturally for an intimate room where the audience is relaxed and subdued. ...read more