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Pianist Joyce DiCamillo and her trio come out swingin’ on their fifth CD, Sunrise Lady, with a muscular reading of “The Lamp Is Low” and sustain a delightful groove throughout, thanks in part to her canny choice of repertoire and even more to the group’s close interplay after seventeen years together. With so many excellent piano–led trios competing these days for a place in the sun, what one chooses to record is sometimes as important as how the music is performed, and DiCamillo sets about gaining the upper hand by interpreting a number of luminous yet too–seldom–heard melodies including “Young and Foolish,” “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life” and Henry Mancini’s “Dreamsville.” DiCamillo is relaxed, comfortable and in command on these ballads, as she is on the faster numbers — “The Lamp Is Low,” Mancini’s theme from “Peter Gunn,” the Howard Dietz / Arthur Schwartz standard “You and the Night and the Music,” Bobby Timmons’ “Moanin’,” and especially the album’s buoyant centerpiece, “Sunrise Lady” (introduced by Joe Corsello’s vigorous minute–plus drum solo). Completing the program are Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments” and the lovely ballad “I’m a Fool to Want You.” DiCamillo employs a strong two–handed attack on the up-tempo selections — with random flashes of McCoy Tyner, Gene Harris, Les McCann and other unrelenting thumpers peeking through — and is appropriately earnest and expressive when the mood is mellow. DiCamillo’s every move is well–cushioned by Corsello and bassist Rick Petrone who’ve become quite adept at anticipating and responding to her special zigs and zags. The result is a well–planned and well–played slice of straight–ahead Jazz that swings when it should but doesn’t overlook the value of warmth and beauty. Well–recorded too. A dandy album for trio–lovers.
I love jazz because I enjoy the freedom.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was 17.
I met Cedar Walton at a concert in San Paulo.
The best show I ever attended was Helio Jambao trio.
The first jazz record I bought was Witchcraft by George Benson.
My advice to new listeners is listen to the old school first.