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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Denny Zeitlin: Wishing On The Moon

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Pianist Denny Zeitlin claimed a spot as a top-tier jazz pianist at the very beginning of his recording career with a sideman slot on flutist Jeremy Steig's Flute Fever (Columbia, 1963), followed by his debut as a leader, Cathexis (Columbia, 1964). After three more excellent sets for Columbia, Zeitlin's career shifted into a smaller label mode, resulting in several high quality but under-recognized albums. Additionally, in 1978 he seized the opportunity to score the orchestral electro-acoustic avant-garde soundtrack to the ...

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Denny Zeitlin: Wishing On The Moon

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The title of the final cut on this live date--"Signs & Wonders," written by David Friesen--truly homes in on the truth about this trio. For in gestures large and small, guideposts laid out by form and instinct, a time-strengthened sense of equilateral idealism, and an open-minded aesthetic, this outfit continually creates music to marvel at. While pianist Denny Zeitlin, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Matt Wilson have been at it together for eighteen years, this set doesn't ...

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Denny Zeitlin, Buster Williams & Matt Wilson at Mezzrow Jazz Club

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Denny Zeitlin, Buster Williams, Matt Wilson Mezzrow Jazz Club New York, NY May 5, 2018 It was cramped on Cinco de Mayo in Mezzrow. Real cramped. Just as it should be for the last night of Denny Zeitlin's rare, four night residency. A West Coast resident, Zeitlin doesn't get out this way much, so when he does, the people respond, listen, and marvel. Denny Zeitlin may not be a name that rolls off ...

JAZZ JOURNAL

Winter 2017

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Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations Sunnyside2017 Because the multiplicity of drums and percussion instruments George Marsh uses on Expedition is comparable to the comparable array of acoustic and electric keyboards Denny Zeitlin utilizes, ...

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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 ...