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Denny Zeitlin: Live at Mezzrow

Read "Live at Mezzrow" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Denny Zeitlin appeared on his first recording in 1963, flautist Jeremy Steigs' Flute Fever (Columbia Records). He was in his third year at Johns Hopkins Medical School at the time, on a path to dual careers in psychiatry and eventually the teaching of that profession—vocations he continues with to this day. Add a third career, jazz pianist. And Denny Zeitlin doesn't dabble. His music is a third career, equal in personal importance to his more conventional occupations. ...

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Denny Zeitlin: Live at Mezzrow

Read "Live at Mezzrow" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Coming up on two decades of creative engagement and evolution, pianist Denny Zeitlin's group with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Matt Wilson remains one of the most bracing, sophisticated and creatively satisfying trios on the scene. In the best of times, a set like this, recorded live at Spike Wilner's New York piano room Mezzrow, can serve as a reminder of the virtues of camaraderie, depth of feeling, design strength and the art of living in the moment. Arriving at ...

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Denny Zeitlin: Remembering Miles

Read "Remembering Miles" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Denny Zeitlin, pushing hard ahead in an extraordinary recording career that began in 1963 with a sideman job on Jeremy Steig's Flute Fever (Columbia Records), has settled artistically, fifty years on, into a pair welcoming homes: Sunnyside Records, for whom he has recorded ten superb albums, beginning with 2009's In Concert Featuring Buster Williams and Matt Wilson, and Oakland, California's Piedmont Piano Company, where he has taken up residence in recent years to present solo piano recitals focusing on ...

INTERVIEW

Denny Zeitlin: Balancing Act

Read "Denny Zeitlin:  Balancing Act" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Denny Zeitlin is a true Renaissance man with many interests, in addition to balancing his careers in medicine and music. Although his medical practice and teaching have limited his abilities to tour beyond brief trips east or playing near his home in California, he has recorded regularly in recent years, releasing a variety of projects for Sunnyside. Well known for his composition “Quiet Now," which was recorded numerous times by Bill Evans, Denny remains a dedicated composer in his quest ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Denny Zeitlin: Wishing On The Moon

Read "Wishing On The Moon" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Denny Zeitlin: Wishing On The Moon

Read "Wishing On The Moon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...

LIVE REVIEW

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

Read "Denny Zeitlin, Buster Williams & Matt Wilson at Mezzrow Jazz Club" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

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 ...


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