232

Greg Reitan: Antibes

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Greg Reitan: Antibes
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.

Album information

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

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Prickly Pear Cactus
Prickly Pear Cactus
Ikue Mori / Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura
Read Time OutTakes
Time OutTakes
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Read In Baltimore
In Baltimore
The George Coleman Quintet

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.