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Leslie Pintchik: Eat, Drink, Steal

Leslie Pintchik: Eat, Drink, Steal

Sophistication is widely admired but little understood. There's no secret formula for creating something thought of as sophisticated nor are there any classes that teach it. Sophistication is simply a higher level of caring and soulfulness that comes from the heart, not the mind. Complexity is often mistaken for being sophisticated. In truth, complexity is almost ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

Read "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this, her sixth album, pianist Leslie Pintchik shows that she can compose distinctive melodies. All of the original compositions she does on this CD are bright and memorable and even the two standards she covers are given surprising arrangements.

She establishes herself from the beginning with the uniquely-titled “You Eat My Food." This turns ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

Read "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If they gave out awards for album titles, this one would surely be in the running for top honors. “You eat my food, you drink my wine, you steal my girl" is a harsh and odd phrase that rolls off the tongue like some sort of backwoods country accusation-turned-lament, but its origins are far more urban ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Another year is almost in the books. And while there were many things to fret about in 2016, a lack of good music wasn't one of them. A quick look back at the year reminds us that jazz legends remain strong, rising stars continue to rapidly ascend, newcomers are making their presence felt, and the dearly ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Leslie Pintchik: True North

Read "True North" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Nella musica della pianista Leslie Pintchik non vi è alcuna traccia di rottura con la tradizione classica del jazz, tutt'altro. La presenza marcata di paradigmi noti privilegia l'interesse per un modello espressivo che nelle forme chiuse, siano esse blues o A-A-B-A ("Falling in Love Again"), trova il principio originario, la cornice all'interno della quale prendono corpo--sotto ...

Leslie Pintchik: True North

Read "True North" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Leslie Pintchik's music has a magical draw to it. Perhaps it has to do with her pearly and softly pronounced piano work, at once circuitous and direct in the way it shapes and navigates expressive pathways. Or maybe it has to do with her compositional acumen. Her pieces, after all, have a way of registering and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Leslie Pintchik: In the Nature of Things

Read "In the Nature of Things" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Ancora una volta la pianista statunitense si impone con lucida ed inventiva cifra stilistica. Il suo sestetto non si adagia sulla lezione post-boppistica in stile Blue Note, con il consueto sound rovente ed incalzante. La Pintchik agisce sapientemente sulla tensione interna delle sue composizioni originali, imprimendo anche ai ritmi più sostenuti una raffinata sensibilità melodica. Quanto ...

Leslie Pintchik: In the Nature of Things

Read "In the Nature of Things" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Leslie Pintchik begins her explorations on her fourth CD with a musical sunrise of soft, shimmering colors that grows into a bright and energetic day. From this appealing opener, “With You in Mind," she instantly distinguishes herself from the legions of jazz composers who confuse “personal expression" with self-indulgent noodling that shows little concern for story ...

Leslie Pintchik: In the Nature of Things

Read "In the Nature of Things" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Leslie Pintchik takes advantage her her New York home base on her recordings by enlisting some of the city's most innovative musicians to help her share her vision. On previous three CD releases Pintchik has sculpted a seductive sound that combines the cerebral with engaging and beautiful, much in the mode of piano legend Herbie ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Roseanna Vitro: Following Her Muse

Read "Roseanna Vitro: Following Her Muse" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While the back panel of vocalist Roseanna Vitro's The Music Of Randy Newman (Motéma, 2011) says “File Under: Jazz/Pop/Vocals," those labels don't do her justice. Vitro's vocals are a conduit to the very core of American music--from blues and rock to soul and jazz--and her recorded output over the past three decades speaks to her talents ...