161

John Gentry Tennyson: Europa

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
John Gentry Tennyson: Europa Pianist John Gentry Tennyson’s use of impressionism blends a classical style with a cocktail lounge player’s sense of adventure. To prepare for this project, Tennyson lived in Monte Carlo for three months, absorbing the overlapping essence of French, Spanish and Italian cultures. Jazz, of course, is represented in the pianist’s swinging approach to these ethnic flavors and in his keen sense of spontaneity. A child piano prodigy who majored in jazz studies and performance at North Texas State, Tennyson paints vivid musical landscapes for his audience. Along with congas and a loping acoustic bass, the pianist takes us for a scenic drive on "Europa," staying on all the high roads. The deep bass register of the piano changes the day’s mood through "Fortunato," while "Milonga Sinistra" offers a dramatic tango with bandoneon and string quartet. "La Mer à Monaco" rolls over ocean waves on a stormy day, while "La Principessa" steps lightly on the toes of violin and piano. Two arrangements of "Vesna e Zorica" offer separate studies of the lyrical classical ballad. Violinist Joyce Hammann provides a weepy setting with piano accompaniment, while Tennyson performs the reprise alone in a dramatic but less sentimental delivery. Musical impressionism from a small piano-led ensemble offers a penny for your thoughts, but what becomes of that tiny investment is up to you.

Track Listing: Preludio; Citt

Personnel: John Gentry Tennyson- piano; Jeffrey Carney- bass; Satoshi Takeishi- percussion; Raul Jaurena- bandoneon; String Quartet: Joyce Hammann, Dana Ianculovici- violin; Charles Adams- viola; Michael Fitzpatrick- cello; Joyce Hammann- violin on "Vesna e Zorica;" Todd Reynolds- violin on "La Principessa;"

Title: Europa | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Angel Records Canada


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Antidote CD/LP/Track Review Antidote
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 29, 2017
Read The Colours Suite CD/LP/Track Review The Colours Suite
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 29, 2017
Read Musical Journey Through Time CD/LP/Track Review Musical Journey Through Time
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 29, 2017
Read Gentle Giants CD/LP/Track Review Gentle Giants
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 29, 2017
Read The Company I Keep CD/LP/Track Review The Company I Keep
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ma De Re Sha CD/LP/Track Review Ma De Re Sha
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 28, 2017
Read "Anthology - Bigger Than Life" CD/LP/Track Review Anthology - Bigger Than Life
by Doug Collette
Published: December 24, 2016
Read "The Wild" CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 18, 2017
Read "The Magical Forest" CD/LP/Track Review The Magical Forest
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 6, 2016
Read "Backlog" CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 17, 2017
Read "Second Impression" CD/LP/Track Review Second Impression
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 14, 2016
Read "Testimony" CD/LP/Track Review Testimony
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 13, 2017

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.