by Jim Worsley
When you hear that Alan Pasqua has put out a new record, the first thought--other than perhaps happiness--is what genre are we talking about? Pasqua has worn many hats in his career. To his credit, he looks quite fashionable in any of them. Maybe you think of fusion Pasqua, who mixed it up with the genre's finest, from Tony Williams to Allan Holdsworth. Perhaps it is the highest order of straight ahead jazz with the likes of Peter Erskine on ...read more
by Jim Worsley
Recently, and just a few days before Thanksgiving (2019), I was thankful for the opportunity to have two separate conversations with renown pianist Alan Pasqua. As generous with his time and candid commentary as he is talented as a musician and composer, both conversations crashed the one-hour mark. For you non mathematicians, that is over two hours of discussing, recounting, and engaging into a wide range of topics. With that in mind I will keep this intro brief ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
Webster's Dictionary defines the word soliloquy" as the act of talking to oneself." In terms of solo piano recordings, it is an apt title. Pianist Alan Pasqua's Soliloquy is a sophisticated and reflective, alone-with-the piano work, a deliberative and lovely take on a batch well-chosen standards and one Bob Dylan tune. A versatile and virtuosic player, Pasqua has recorded with a wide array of top line jazz artists--Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motion, Michael and Randy Brecker, etc--as well as ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
This jazz trio recording consists of pianist Alan Pasqua, bassist Dave Carpenter and drummer Peter Erskine. An ongoing cooperative trio with two other releases to its credit--2000's Live at Rocco and 2002's Badlands, both released on Erkine's Fuzzy Music label, this largely intimate session was recorded with only two KMF stand-up tube microphones.
The task of selecting standards relies upon a choice largely from the Great American Songbook, with the addition of two jazz tunes--Dizzy Gillespie's Con Alma" ...read more
by Phil DiPietro
Any discussion of Alan Pasqua must start with at the scintillating beginning of his official discography. His first recorded performance featured the then 23-year-old wunderkind of Fender Rhodes on The New Tony Williams Lifetime's Believe It (Columbia, 1975). His first sounds committed to wax were texturized Rhodes thickening Snake Oil," then shadowing its serpentine melody as stated by Allan Holdsworth, a guitarist seemingly stolen from the future by the unit's provocative leader, the now-legendary Williams. At that time, the drummer ...read more
by John Kelman
Alan Pasqua first emerged as keyboardist for legendary drummer Tony Williams' mid-1970s New Lifetime and has been a busy session player ever since, with a solo career focused largely on acoustic music, including the elegant My New Old Friend (Cryptogramophone, 2005). Still, the outstanding DVD, Allan Holdsworth and Alan Pasqua featuring Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip (Altitude Digital, 2007), proved Pasqua still has the energy and chops for pedal-to-the-metal fusion. The Antisocial Club continues his revived interest in fusion with ...read more
by Troy Collins
Keyboardist Alan Pasqua has studied with pianists Jaki Byard and George Russell, and toured with artists as diverse as Stan Kenton to Tony Williams. Studio sessions with Eddie Money, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Rick Springfield, Pat Benetar, Sammy Hagar and Whitesnake have also helped pay the bills. A versatile musician, Pasqua brings a highly melodic sensibility to the proceedings no matter the style or genre.
Pasqua's 1970s stint in Tony Williams' New Lifetime, alongside guitarist Allan Holdsworth, helped ...read more