Clearly a labor of love, each tune is meticulously reproduced with the fine attention to detail only a pet project can achieve. All three players are astute practitioners and their devotion to the trio form bleeds through, especially on pieces like "Night Train," All the Things You Are" and, "Matrix." Equally apparent is their own satisfaction in solving the difficult puzzle they crafted for themselvesfor it cannot be said that navigating the maze of notes and rhythmic inventiveness of the Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, or Chick Corea trios was an easy task.
However, considering the wealth of recorded music available today and the plethora of opportunities to listen to modern jazz live, it remains a mystery precisely why trio mates Frederick Moyer (piano), Peter Tilloston (bass), and Peter Fraenkel (drums) launched their project to transcribe and reperform classic outings of some of jazz's most famous trios in the first place. While certainly a technical achievement and pleasantly listenable, the result leaves a nagging doubt as to the necessity of placing so much emphasis on resurrecting past performancesincluding those of musicians who are still performing today.
At the end of the day, Swing of Many Colors's appeal can be reduced to the archeological. And while the endeavor of converting improvisational jazz into a fully notated music does exhibit a certain cleverness, it may have been better confined to the classroom or the private musings of these three estimable players.
Track Listing: The Pershing Suite: But Not for me; The Surrey with the Fringe on Top; Moonlight in Vermont; Music! Music! Music!; There is No Greater Love; Poinciana; Woody ‘n You; What’s New; Billy Boy; Night Train; Fly Me to the Moon; All the Things You Are; For All We Know; Matrix.
Personnel: Frederick Moyer: piano; Peter Tillotson: bass; Peter Fraenkel: drums.
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!