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Greg Reitan: West 60th

Read "West 60th" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Greg Reitan is based in Los Angeles, a good place to take advantage of the work he has found in film and television. He has also served up four previous top-shelf jazz trio recordings, beginning with his terrific debut, Some Other Time (2009), followed up by Antibes (2010), Daybreak (2011) and Post No Bills, all on Sunnyside Records. Moving on to the tail end of the new millennium's second decade, we find Reitan offering up another piano trio outing, ...

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Greg Reitan: West 60th

Read "West 60th" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

The collaboration of musicians unaccustomed to each other often yields unexpected and occasionally brilliant results. There is no substitute however, for familiarity. Greg Reitan has played with the same trio consisting of bassist Jack Daro and drummer Dean Koba for over two decades, and their resulting musicianship is versatile yet comfortable. It may have been recorded in Reitan's native Los Angeles, but West 60th began its conception in Manhattan, as the pianist gazed out at the city through the panoramic ...

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Greg Reitan: Post No Bills

Read "Post No Bills" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Los Angeles-based pianist/composer Greg Reitan's Some Other Time (Sunnyside Records) vied for the honors of “Debut of the Year" in 2009. Using his same trio--with bassist Jack Daro and drummer Dean Koba--Reitan followed up that auspicious start with two more outstanding sets, Antibes (2010) and Daybreak (2011), both for the Sunnyside label. With this same trio--they have been together since 1996--he has honed an elegant and polished sound, drawing on a Bill Evans influence--the light touch, subtle dynamics, ...

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Greg Reitan: Daybreak

Read "Daybreak" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Greg Reitan has, since 1995, carved out a career as an award-winning composer for television and film. It wasn't until 2009, however, that the Los Angeles-based pianist released his first jazz CD, one of the top piano trio recordings of the year, Some Other Time (Sunnyside Records). Reitan followed up this excellent debut with another top-level outing, Antibes (Sunnyside Records, 2010), and now he adds Daybreak, again using the trio format, and again with outstanding results.There's something to ...

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Greg Reitan: Antibes

Read "Antibes" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Los Angeles-based pianist Greg Reitan's debut, Some Other Time (Sunnyside Records, 2009), introduced a surprisingly mature talent. With a mix of American Songbook gems, some fine originals, a surprise or two, and a couple of jazz standards--all rendered with a distinctively sure and elegant touch--the pianist announced himself as a top tier talent in the crowded and ever-vibrant piano trio field.Antibes, Reitan's sophomore effort, is more of the same.Recording with the same interactive trio he employed ...

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Greg Reitan: Antibes

Read "Antibes" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Greg Reitan began the year with Some Other Time (Sunnyside, 2009), a spectacularly graceful record. He ends the year with another that equals--if not surpasses--the maturity of that album. Antibes is a work of exacting pianism and expansive grandeur. The record also dispels the notion that Reitan's music is an amalgam of his influences (Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett), for Reitan is a singular pianist with a technique becoming of a virtuoso of the highest order. His ...

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Greg Reitan: Some Other Time

Read "Some Other Time" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Elegance is a difficult quality to pin down, but you know it when you see it--or hear it. Duke Ellington, of course. Lester Young: Oh yeah. Or to take it into the piano trio game: Bill Evans, Hank Jones, Jessica Williams, Ahmad Jamal.With his debut Some Other Time, Los Angeles-based pianist Greg Reitan can also be added to the elegance category.Boundaries are being stretched in the piano trio format, with jamband approaches and added electronics coming ...


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