Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

232

Greg Reitan: Antibes

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Los Angeles-based pianist Greg Reitan's debut, Some Other Time (Sunnyside Records, 2009), introduced a surprisingly mature talent. With a mix of American Songbook gems, some fine originals, a surprise or two, and a couple of jazz standards—all rendered with a distinctively sure and elegant touch—the pianist announced himself as a top tier talent in the crowded and ever-vibrant piano trio field.

Antibes, Reitan's sophomore effort, is more of the same.

Recording with the same interactive trio he employed on his debut—bassist Jack Daro and drummer Dean Koba—Reitan opens the set with the title tune, a delicately gorgeous original. It's a bright yet pensive tune dashed with shadowy nooks and a supple, nuanced but unobtrusive bass/drum accompaniment.

The trio goes again to the American Songbook with "For Heaven's Sake." The introspective ballad gets a respectful treatment, displaying Reitan's mastery of touch in a rendition that has a wistful, wee hours feeling.

Pianist Denny Zeitlin's "Time Remembers One Time Once" is a supremely assured take of a tune from the pen of one of Reitan's influences. His remarkable feel for the subtleties of touch is, again, evident. The Bill Evans gem, "Re: The Person I Knew," nods to another obvious Reitan influence, with beautiful chords, a crispy-intricate melody and a smooth sizzle of a rhythm.

"Salinas," another Reitan original, has a bubbling-with-life feeling, while "Waltz for Meredith," written for the pianist's wife, glows with serene, rock-solid strength and undeniable beauty.

Reitan closes the disc with "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," done most famously by Frank Sinatra on the 1955 Capitol Records album of the same name. The pianist, performing solo, plays the melody straight—and such a lovely melody it is, especially in Reitan's hands; and what a spare and perfect close to a first-rate CD by a bright new talent.


Track Listing: Antibes; For Heaven's Sake; Waltz for Meredith; One Step Ahead; Fall; Time Remembers One Time Once; Sympathy; September; Re: Person I Knew; Late Summer Variations; Salinas; In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning.

Personnel: Greg Reitan: piano; Jack Daro: bass; Dean Koba: drums.

Title: Antibes | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Rain or Shine CD/LP/Track Review Rain or Shine
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Copenhagen Live 1964 CD/LP/Track Review Copenhagen Live 1964
by John Sharpe
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Somewhere Glimmer CD/LP/Track Review Somewhere Glimmer
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Lighthouse CD/LP/Track Review Lighthouse
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by John Sharpe
Published: December 14, 2017
Read I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert CD/LP/Track Review I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 14, 2017
Read "Miles Goes Wes" CD/LP/Track Review Miles Goes Wes
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 18, 2017
Read "Telepathy & Bop" CD/LP/Track Review Telepathy & Bop
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 5, 2017
Read "Relaxin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet" CD/LP/Track Review Relaxin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 19, 2017
Read "The Behemoth" CD/LP/Track Review The Behemoth
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 11, 2017
Read "Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge" CD/LP/Track Review Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin at Morey Baker’s...
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 4, 2017
Read "Then and Now" CD/LP/Track Review Then and Now
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 28, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!