109

Gerard D'Angelo Trio: Not What My Hands Have Done

By

Sign in to view read count
Gerard D'Angelo Trio: Not What My Hands Have Done This album recorded in May of 1993 has finally emerged from the Mapleshade label's vaults to be released eight years later in 2001. Why it took so long to see the light of day is a puzzler. Brooklyn born pianist Gerard D'Angelo has been on the jazz scene since 1988 when he teamed with Dave Meade and Frank Wagoner to form Primary Colors. He made an album or two with the group. But until this release, D'Angelo has been pretty much a stranger to recording studios. Although he was a student of one of the leaders of modern jazz piano, D'Angelo shows the influence of many who have gone before him, from Bill Evans through Chick Corea to Keith Jarrett. He is also a follower of another modernist, Gary Dial, whom D'Angelo honors by including four of his compositions on the play list. D'Angelo is a mainly quiet player, introspective and giving the impression that a good deal of thought has gone into every note he strikes. This attitude permeates the session which lasts for a little more than an hour. Even on up tempo pieces such as Dial's "Funkalero", there is a delicacy present to make sure that while the group swings, it doesn't swing out of control. A state of calmness also sways the contributions of bassist Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirshfield's drums on this cut. One of the most engaging pieces coming from the session is the trio's take on Maurice Ravel's "Forlane". Playing with that luminous precision which seemed to characterize Ravel's music (as well as his own work on piano), this is a tour de force track. "I'll Take Romance" as much as any of the cuts on the album, recalls Bill Evans' seminal trios of the 1960's. Based on this effort, one hopes this doesn't fall into the category as the title of one of the songs on the program, a "One Shot Deal".


Track Listing: Who's Kidding Who?; No Turn on Red; Heavy Blue; Forlane; I'll Take Romance; One Shot Deal; La Pardida; Ballad for Frederick; Freshwater Girls; Funkalero; Mary's Secret; Not What My Hands Have Done

Personnel: Gerard D'Angelo - Piano; Jay Anderson - Bass; Jeff Hirshfield - Drums

Title: Not What My Hands Have Done | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Mapleshade Recordings


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Day After Day CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read We Know Not What We Do CD/LP/Track Review We Know Not What We Do
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 21, 2017
Read Slade Alive! CD/LP/Track Review Slade Alive!
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 21, 2017
Read Hope CD/LP/Track Review Hope
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 21, 2017
Read The Better Angels of Our Nature CD/LP/Track Review The Better Angels of Our Nature
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 20, 2017
Read What Brought You Here? CD/LP/Track Review What Brought You Here?
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 20, 2017
Read "Avenida Graham" CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read "Counteraction" CD/LP/Track Review Counteraction
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 20, 2017
Read "The Picasso Zone" CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 11, 2016
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 27, 2016
Read "Shipwreck 4" CD/LP/Track Review Shipwreck 4
by John Sharpe
Published: August 16, 2016
Read "And the Rhythm Serenaders" CD/LP/Track Review And the Rhythm Serenaders
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 22, 2016

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

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

Donate!