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Denny Zeitlin


Denny Zeitlin has recorded over thirty critically acclaimed albums; twice won first place in the Down Beat International Jazz Critics Poll; written original music for Sesame Street; and appeared on network TV, including repeats on the Tonight Show, and CBS Sunday Morning. Zeitlin’s lecture- demonstration “Unlocking the Creative Impulse: The Psychology of Improvisation” has been presented across the U.S. and in Europe. He has concertized throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe, at colleges, jazz clubs, and major festivals; appearing with jazz greats such as Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson, John Patitucci, John Abercrombie, Marian McPartland, Charlie Haden, David Grisman, Kronos Quartet, Paul Winter, David Friesen, Matt Wilson, Buster Williams and many others. Zeitlin was born in Chicago in 1938


Crazy Rhythm: Exploring George Gershwin

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Summertime; How Long Has This Been Going On?; S'Wonderefull; Bess You Is My Woman Now; It Ain't Necessarily So; By Strauss; The Man I Love; I've Got A Crush On You: Fascinating Rhythm; I Was Doing All Right.


Article: Album Review

Denny Zeitlin: Crazy Rhythm: Exploring George Gershwin

Read "Crazy Rhythm: Exploring George Gershwin" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Denny Zeitlin's jazz career began when he sat in as the featured pianist on flutist Jeremy Steig's Flute Fever (Columbia Records, 1964). He followed this up with his debut as a leader on Columbia Records' 1964 album Cathexis. While maintaining another successful career as a psychiatrist and college professor, he released more than a dozen albums ...


Article: Liner Notes

John Abercrombie: The First Quartet

Read "John Abercrombie: The First Quartet" reviewed by John Kelman

With the release of Arcade (1979), Abercrombie Quartet (1980) and M (1981), John Abercrombie's entire ECM discography as a leader is finally available on CD. Looking back at these albums and their position in his oeuvre, they are revealed as seminal documents of Abercrombie's arrival as a distinctive writer, improvising guitarist and bandleader, delivering on the ...


Article: Album Review

Simona Premazzi: Wave In Gravity

Read "Wave In Gravity" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

What do we listen for in a solo piano project? Technical proficiency. Heart. Body. Soul. A vulnerability versus strength dynamic. The ability to surrender to the sounds, to take them where they want to go. In other words, we look for how well the artist articulates their humanity. Simona Premazzi displays all these attributes ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Improvisation, Part 2

Read "Jazz Improvisation, Part 2" reviewed by Monk Rowe


Telepathy: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Highlands; Quicksilver; Hatching; Black Hole; Moon flower; Boiling Point; On The Move; Disagree To Agree; If Only; Hadron Collider; The Ascent; Odyssey; Maze; Fillmore Dreams.


News: Interview

The Story Behind 'Quiet Now'

The Story Behind 'Quiet Now'

I have known and admired pianist-composer Denny Zeitlin for many years. My admiration dates back to the early 2000s, after I heard for the first time his four albums for Columbia recorded in the mid-1960s. I was blown away. Our friendship dates back to 2009, when I did a multipart JazzWax interview with him. We've been ...


Article: Album Review

Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh: Telepathy: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations

Read "Telepathy: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Denny Zeitlin's recording career began with his contribution to flutist Jeremy Steig's 1963 album Flute Fever (Columbia Records). Then Zeitlin struck out on his own, creating over five-plus decades worth of record releases on Columbia Records, Decca/ECM, Windham Hill, MaxJazz (and more) before shifting into overdrive when he connected with Sunnyside Records in 2009, on ...


Article: Album Review

Masabumi Kikuchi: Hanamichi The Final Studio Recording

Read "Hanamichi  The Final Studio Recording" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Masabumi Kikuchi is not the kind of jazz pianist who just strikes the keys to produce a sound. He has a Zen-like approach to the instrument by making it an extension of himself, and thus both constructs and hears the music produced as a different form factor. There are and were other contemporary pianists such as ...


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