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Bill Charlap: Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul

Read "Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul" reviewed by Jim Santella

With a crisp attack and seamless, lyrical phrasing, pianist Bill Charlap interprets this collection of ten Gershwin songs with authority. His septet allows plenty of room for each artist to speak his piece throughout, each soloing along individual lines. Frank Wess is featured on “How Long Has This Been Going On?," which exhibits his ...

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Bill Charlap: Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul

Read "Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul" reviewed by Paul Olson

Pianist Bill Charlap continues his inexorable climb up the top-tier, big-time jazz mountain with Plays George Gershwin, his first release since last year's Somewhere: the Songs of Leonard Bernstein. Here this quintessentially New York pianist covers another quintessentially New York composer--in this case, one so frequently covered by jazz musicians that one wonders whether Charlap and ...

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Bill Charlap: Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul

Read "Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Pianist Bill Charlap continues to mine precious gems from the American songbook on this release dedicated to the music of lauded songwriter and composer George Gershwin. A lyrical pianist in his own right with a clear penchant for classic swing in a modern context, Charlap has an affinity with songs from yesterday (both of his parents ...


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