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"Reflections" Lenore Raphael Trio..Swingin' Fox Music Lenore Raphael is clearly in charge on this disc. Her style is reminiscent of the Bud Powell-Oscar Peterson school, with asides to Mr. Monk now and again, yet she always maintains her originality and fresh ideas always abound. This New York based Pianist has played the top jazz clubs of the world and this CD gives the listener a chance to understand why. 'Zoot Scoot' is pure be-bop at it's best. A nice Bass solo by Pat O'Leary...Raphael was merciless on the 4's and took no prisoners...An original tune that would have pleased the forefathers of bop. 'Eronel' ..a mere mention of Monk, then Raphael was off and running....Nice touch and feel to the Piano work. 'Ask Me Now'..Another Monk tune ably interpreted by the leader with tasty brush work by Biagi. 'Namely you'..Old Tune with sweet new treatment somewhat coquettish Piano solo which is touching for reasons that cannot be enumerated adequately. Suffice it to say it is lovely in it's presentation.. 'Becky De-Bop'..Monk was alluded to but Powell was evident in every phrase...A happy number joyfully swinging in Lenore Raphael's inimitable style....Very hip composition.. 'If You Could See Me Now"...Tadley Ewing Dameron would have been pleased with this interpretation of his work. Beautiful music. 'Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise'.....Strong, assertive intro by Raphael that evolves into a solo that swings like a trapeze artist. Playing 8 bar exchanges Lenore dominates again. 'Young And Foolish'..Softly mentioning 'I Hear Music' in the beginning, the solo that follows is truly magical in the sense that it is so well constructed and played so soulfully. Lenore Raphael is known as Lady 88 in jazz circles and for good reason. This recording is a must for every jazz lovers collection.
Track Listing: Zoot Scoot,Eronel, Ask Me Now, Becky-De-Bop, Namely You, If Yo Could See Me Now, Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise, Young And Foolish, Reflections
Personnel: Lenore Raphael.Piano Pat O'Leary/ Sean Conly.. Bassists Rudy Lawless/Gianpaolo Biagi..Drums
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.