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Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh: Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations

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In spite of his achievement, early on, of having attained the status of top tier jazz pianist, Denny Zeitlin has always wanted to expand his artistry beyond the confines of the trio format where he made his name. Call it artistic restlessness. His first release came in 1964, the Columbia Records date, Cathexis, an acoustic trio affair followed by three more of the same on Columbia. All well received. But something must have been missing. In 1973, Zeitlin--along ...

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Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh: Expedition

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While fear often paints the idea of spontaneous creation as a sea of uncertainty, openness tend to shape it as an ocean of possibility. The difference all comes down to how you look at it and the way you choose to operate. To exist in the latter mindset, and boldly travel to new and unknown realms without trepidation, one need only live in the moment, let go, and listen. Just look at the work of pianist Denny Zeitlin and drummer ...

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Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter Compositions

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Early Wayne has many things going for it: it is a well recorded, live concert; pianist Denny Zeitlin, who has been recording for over fifty years, is masterful to the point of completely taking over the listening space, and, last but not least, the material used as the base for his improvisation is a set of ten Wayne Shorter tunes, mostly from the mid-60s. The list of tunes, and the albums from which they come is below; the ...

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Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter Compositions

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Pianist Denny Zeitlin's career in music started just a bit after saxophonist Wayne Shorter showed up on the scene. Shorter's debut album, Introducing Wayne Shorter (Vee Jay Records) arrived in 1959. Zeiltin's introduction to the jazz listening public came in 1963, in a sideman stint on flutist Jeremy Steig's Flute Fever (Columbia Records). A year later, in 1964, Shorter signed with Blue Note Records and began releasing what would become a series of classic albums for the label; and Zeitlin ...

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Denny Zeitlin: Riding the Moment

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The album Switched-On Bach  (Columbia Records, 1968), by Walter (now Wendy) Carlos was a seminal introduction to synthesized music. Carlos used the then new MOOG Synthesizer to painstakingly construct the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Love it or hate it seemed to be the reaction, without much opinion in between. But one thing for certain, the synthesizer genie was out of the bottle. Times have changed. The once cumbersome MOOG has given way to smaller and much more ...

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Drums and Piano: Denny Zeitlin and Kasper Tom

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The meeting between drums and piano is one of the more rare combinations in jazz, but it is possible to find fine examples of this particular genre. Just think of the encounter between Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and drummer Paul Motian on Flux & Change (Soul Note, 1995) and Australian pianist Mike Nock's collaboration with drummer Laurenz Pike on Kindred (FWM Records, 2012). Pianist Denny Zeitlin and the Danish drummer Kasper Tom have added two more albums ...

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Denny Zeitlin: Stairway to the Stars

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Pianist Denny Zeitlin's Stairway to the Stars recording sparkles to life on the familiar Great American Songbook jewel, “There Will Never Be Another You." This version has everything that the best piano trio efforts offer: elegance, inspired three-way interplay, a vivacious groove--thanks to drummer Matt Wilson and bassist Buster Williams--and Zeitlin's always supple touch and endless inventiveness. Zeiltin, has rolled in a creative high gear since his teaming with Sunnyside Records in 2009, beginning with In Concert with ...

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Denny Zeitlin: Both/And

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Pianist Denny Zeitlin has the distinction--among many others--of having written one of the loveliest of love songs: “Love Theme From Invasion of the Bodysnatchers." The tune can be heard in its unadorned beauty on Zeitlin's Precipice (Sunnyside Records, 2010), the recording of an extraordinarily beautiful and adventurous solo concert. The original version of the tune, from the soundtrack of the 1978 movie, Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1978)--a masterful remake of the classic 1954 science fiction film--was Zeitlin's lone effort at ...

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Denny Zeitlin: Wherever You Are--Midnight Moods for Solo Piano

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There's something magnificent about a top-level artist alone with a piano, immersed in a mood of quiet nights, under quiet stars. Denny Zeitlin, a versatile music maker who wrote the electro-acoustic symphonic soundtrack for the 1978 remake of the science fiction classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, has released a handful of excellent trio albums on the MaxJazz and Sunnyside labels, but since 2010, has concentrated on solo perforomances.Precipice (Sunnyside Records, 2010) and Labyrinth (Sunnyside Records, 2011) are ...


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