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Alan Pasqua: Keys That Unlock Many Doors

Read "Alan Pasqua: Keys That Unlock Many Doors" reviewed 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 ...

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Alan Pasqua: Soliloquy

Read "Soliloquy" reviewed 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 ...

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Alan Pasqua / Dave Carpenter / Peter Erskine: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed 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" ...

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Alan Pasqua: Lifetime's Aglow, A (non) Antisocial Interaction

Read "Alan Pasqua: Lifetime's Aglow,  A (non) Antisocial Interaction" reviewed 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 ...

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Alan Pasqua: The Antisocial Club

Read "The Antisocial Club" reviewed 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 ...

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Alan Pasqua: The Antisocial Club

Read "The Antisocial Club" reviewed 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 ...

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Alan Pasqua: My New Old Friend

Read "My New Old Friend" reviewed by Dennis Hollingsworth

On the inside cover of My New Old Friend, pianist Alan Pasqua writes that the music is intended to give the listener “a place to rest for a while." This new disc from the veteran is delicately presented to be sure, as subtlety is the key principal at work throughout the set. Joined by bassist Darek Oles and the always tasteful Peter Erskine, Pasqua offers few technical displays. Rather, the listener is presented with simple peaceful music that often gets ...


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