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The solo jazz piano is a study in diverse angularities of expression. From frenetic tension to simplistic beauty, the instrument can yield various contours of sound. Some of these shapes are realized on Joey Calderazzo's new release, Haiku. A vital member of the Branford Marsalis quartet over the past few years, his last recording as a leader was a self titled trio outing with notables bassist John Pattitucci and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. The new recording features a mix of material written by Calderazzo and other artists and gives a keen glimpse into the pianist's repertoire.
Things get off to a rollicking start on "Bri's Dance" with a flurry of notes as the pianist persistently pushes a melody entangled with rapid soloing. One of the most striking revelations on the recording is Calderazzo's impressive stride piano artistry as both hands simultaneously perform separate sections of rhythm and improvisation. Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things" and Calderazzo's "Dancin' for Singles" are both studies in classic lyricism as Calderazzo lays out a picturesque yet complicated performances combined with blues and ragtime innuendoes.
Glowing just as bright albeit more softly are quiet and reflective pieces, such as the ten minute title "Haiku," with its purposeful lines and earnest spirit of exploration. A brooding yet poignant moment unfolds with "Chopin" as the pianist delivers probing notes and a melancholy theme. His interpretation of the late and great pianist Kenny Kirkland's "Dienda" is quietly introspective, performed with respect and empathy. Calderazzo may not be as flamboyant or celebrated as some pianists, yet he certainly demonstrates the artistry of the solo piano on this excellent recording.
Track Listing: 1 Bri's Dance
3 The Legend of Dan
5 Just One of Those Things
7 A Thousand Autumns
8 Dancin' for Singles
9 My One and Only Love
10 Bri's Dance
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