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Jazz Arts Trio: Swing of Many Colors

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For the most part Jazz Arts Trio's Swing of Many Colors presents relatively sedate recreations of recordings by some of jazz's most famous piano trio greats, including Ahmad Jamal, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, and Keith Jarrett.Clearly a labor of love, each tune is meticulously reproduced with the fine attention to detail only a pet project can achieve. All three players are astute practitioners and their devotion to the trio form bleeds through, especially on pieces like “Night Train," All the Things You Are" and, “Matrix." Equally apparent is their own satisfaction in solving the difficult puzzle they crafted ...

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Jazz Arts Trio: Tribute

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Recreating music note-for-note is fraught with pitfalls. It could be as palatable as drinking a soda after all the fizz has escaped or it could stand deep in the shadow of the original. But as the saying goes, imitation is the best form of flattery and the Jazz Arts Trio makes that apparent as they reinterpret 11 performances with flair and skill.

Frederick Moyer (piano), Peter Tillotson (bass) and Peter Fraenkel (drums) were friends who went their separate ways after high school. They met again in 2007. It was at this time that Moyer got the idea of ...

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Jazz Arts Trio: Tribute

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Rightfully so, more tributes to Oscar Peterson continue to appear. On its debut CD, the Jazz Arts Trio combines six tunes by this late piano legend with one song each from kings of the keyboard Erroll Garner, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, Herbie Hancock and Horace Silver.

Tribute, released on JRI Recordings, is an attempt to re-create specific moments in jazz history.

Pianist Frederick Moyer, bassist Peter Tillotson and drummer Peter Fraenkel are three high school friends reuniting after 30 years. They got back together in 2007 when Moyer was thinking about transcribing and learning the music ...

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Jazz Arts Trio: Tribute

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When artists cover old classics, there is generally something different about them: a new arrangement, something added or something removed, in an attempt to make it “their own." Pianist Frederick Moyer and his Jazz Arts Trio take a different approach on Tribute. They perform eleven classics, note for note, just as they were recorded previously. Moyer is a classical pianist who has performed as a soloist with major metropolitan orchestras in Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Singapore, along with the London Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, among many others. He has also written several software ...

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Jazz Arts Trio: Tribute

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The difference between jazz improvisation and composed variations on a theme is that the former is dynamic, while the latter is static. In jazz, improvisation amounts to “spontaneous composition," where a melodic variation over a harmonic skeleton occurs instantly. Improvisations on a theme in this sense are not written down prior to being played. However, these same improvisations can be transcribed after a performance (from a recording). This is what pianist Steven Mayer did on his Art Tatum - Improvisations (Naxos, 2004). Now, classical pianist Frederick Moyer, with Peter Tillotson on bass and Peter Fraenkel on drums--collectively known as the ...



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