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Glenn Zaleski: Solo vol. 1

Read "Solo vol. 1" reviewed by Geno Thackara

In a way every piano recording is alike, yet of course no matter how many are made, they're inevitably distinct--each performer (and indeed each piano) has a tone and a voice nothing else can duplicate. With a resume as impressive as Glenn Zaleski's, it's somewhat surprising this is his first trip showcasing that voice unaccompanied. He's shown some clever and snappy compositions with the excellent trio that recorded My Ideal (Sunnyside, 2015) and Fellowship (Sunnyside, 2017). The life of a ...

Glenn Zaleski Trio at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Glenn Zaleski TrioChris' Jazz Cafejny: Philadelphia, PAMay 3, 2017 It might not seem all that difficult to get together with friends in your own neighborhood, but sometimes it's more tricky than you'd think. Glenn Zaleski has made his previous two records as a leader in the span of two years, both with the same trio-mates who are also based in jny: New York City with him, and yet they almost never seem to make it ...

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Glenn Zaleski: Fellowship

Read "Fellowship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ever overcook a dish? The end result is usually dry and wilted. How about undercooking? Has one of your meals ever succumbed to that fate? If it has, you've probably been disappointed by the raw and shapeless dish sitting before you. In composition, as in cooking, you need to find the perfect temperature that sits between those extremes. Go too far in either direction and the magic is ruined. Pianist Glenn Zaleski gets that. “Overwriting can stifle improvisation, but underwriting ...

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Glenn Zaleski: My Ideal

Read "My Ideal" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Glenn Zaleski had a couple of classic 1959 Bill Evans touchstones on his mind-- Everybody Digs Bill Evans (Riverside Records) and Portrait in Jazz (Riverside Records)--when he recorded his debut, My Ideal, setting his own piano trio table with a batch of time-tested Standards along with a couple of originals from composer friends of his. Almost every modern pianist digs Bill Evans. The influence is on Zaleski's sleeve, and he and his interactive trio do a fine job of ...