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Willie Myette Trio: This is Jazz

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Especially in this world of fragmented formats such as the abominable “smooth jazz," Berklee-trained performer and instructor Willie Myette has chosen an ambitious and even hubric title for his debut album. Though he may not cover all the Basies, and though he may occassionally seem as if his sense of “Jazz" as an entire genre disappeared with Gershwin, Myette mixes standard compositions with more contemproary insights for a collection which, if not encyclopedic, is at least a good primer for his students and listeners.

From old school standards such as a heart-tugging take on Rogers and Hart’s ...

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Willie Myette:

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This is the promising debut of Willie Myette, a straight-ahead player based in Providence, Rhode Island. The Berklee- and Fred Hersch-trained pianist offers up seven standards, as well as Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom" and an original waltz titled “Ella’s Song" — dedicated not to the first lady of song, but to Myette’s daughter. Joining Myette is the solid rhythm team of bassist Mark Carlsen and drummer Jack Menna, both of whom are at their best on an up-tempo version of “The Night We Called it a Day."It’s clear by the end of the first track, “If I ...

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Willie Myette Trio: ...This Is Jazz

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While the title of this new release is accurate enough in its way, Rhode Island–based pianist Willie Myette is far too self–effacing. He could have more properly called it . . .This Is Jazz (The Way It Was Meant to Be Played by a Trio). Comparisons? Well, even though Myette doesn’t sound much like Ahmad Jamal, I am reminded when listening to this tight–knit and near–telepathic group of Jamal’s classic trio with bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Vernell Fournier. I’ve a hunch these guys have worked together before. If they haven’t, they certainly are quick studies. The interplay among them ...



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