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A couple of Arbors regulars have once again lent their talents to fulfill the promise of the title of this album. High Energy is exactly what is delivered in this action-packed album of piano, bass and drums. Derek has put together an outstanding performance on the album, and with the smooth blending of his talents with those of Nicki Parrott and Joe Ascione has produced a finger-snapping, toe-tapping delight for anyone willing to take the trip.
In the words of Dr Chuck Berg of the University of Kansas, " High Energy is a gas!"
There is a wide range of styles represented on this disc. Samba, Big Band, Classical all adorn the listener on the journey through this album. Each cut is masterfully executed with a succinctness not often seen in instrumental Jazz, and the bittersweet tone of some of the music brings the sense of love tinged with melancholy.
Track Listing: Like Someone in Love; How Deep is the Ocean?; Fools Rush In; Girl Talk; Doxy; Lazy Afternoon; On Green Dolphin Street; Alone Together; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most; Here's That Rainy Day; Let's Fall in Love; I Love You; Teach Me Tonight; Theme from the Second Movement of "Concerto de Aranjuez"; St. Thomas
Personnel: Derek Smith-Piano; Nicki Parrott-Bass; Joe Ascione-Drums
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.