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You have to wonder if there’s something to the fact that there are three jazz artists of current vintage who, in addition to contributing substantially to the jazz lexicon, have also made an impact in some very important and time consuming fields outside of music. For instance, both trumpeter Eddie Henderson and pianist Denny Zeitlin have their own psychiatry practices. And in the case of fellow pianist Rob Schneiderman, we have one very intellectual mathematician in the field of low dimensional topology (whatever the heck that is).
Schneiderman’s art is one of understated elegance and over the course of his previous eight Reservoir sides he has evolved into a singular pianist of great merit. This new affair is simply a trio date with bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Winard Harper, although there’s nothing routine about the results. What’s particularly rewarding are three new interpretations of some seldom done Bud Powell lines, including “Cleopatra’s Dream,” “I’ll Keep Loving You,” and “Blue Pearl.” The interaction among the three men is engaging (caught very well on tape by engineer Jim Anderson, by the way), the program moves along with a divergent ebb and flow, and we get another rock-solid entry in Reservoir’s long standing New York Piano series.
Track Listing: Cleopatra's Dream, Edgewise, Just One of Those Things, I'll Keep Loving You, What Is This Thing Called Love, Bud Powell Boulevard, In Walked Bud, Blue Pearl, Blues in the Closet, I'll Remember April
Personnel: Rob Schneiderman (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), Winard Harper (drums)
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com