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John Pizzarelli: Knowing You

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John Pizzarelli's "Knowing You" flows with a laid back demeanor as organ, piano, bass, and drums surround the singer/guitarist with cool sensations. His velvety voice brings the title track's hip lyrics to life and sets your mind at ease. Listening to Pizzarelli sing this collection of standards and popular songs can turn your day into a floating daydream. No sense worrying about deadlines. As Dave Frishberg's lyrics remind us on two of the album's selections, this is a time to "kick back and relax" while "drifting back in dreams."

"How long has this been going on?" asks the singer with piano accompaniment to George and Ira Gershwin's pleasant ballad. Pizzarelli, 45, has been crooning favorite songs such as these for over 25 years. He swings, and he pumps genuine feelings into his work. The result is a natural concert performance that can be enjoyed by a broad cross-section of the public.

When Pizzarelli scat sings in unison with his guitar, the result is particularly mesmerizing. He surrounds himself with superb artists. His dad, Bucky, adds rhythm guitar to "Eastwood Lane," "Say It (Over and Over Again)," If It's the Last Thing I Do," and "New Sun in the Sky." His wife, Jessica, joins him for "Quality Time." Clarinetist Ken Peplowski, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, and organist Larry Goldings add significant textures and highly creative improvised solos to the session, creating a variety of jazz formats, all of them winners.

Pizzarelli is easy to like. Knowing You comes recommended both for its universal appeal and for its swinging musical imagination.

Track Listing

Coffee, Black; New Sun In The Sky; Ain

Personnel

John Pizzarelli: Guitar, Vocals; Ray Kennedy: Piano; Martin Pizzarelli: Bass; Harry Allen: Tenor Saxophone; Larry Goldings: Organ; Cesar Mariano: Piano; Jessical Molaskey?: Vocals; Tony Monte: Piano; Ken Peplowski: Clarinet; Bucky Pizzarelli: Guitar; Tony Tedesco: Drums.

Album information

Title: Knowing You | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Telarc Records

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