416

Kenny Werner: With a Song in My Heart

Ken Dryden By

Sign in to view read count
Kenny Werner: With a Song in My Heart
Kenny Werner has long been active as a jazz pianist/bandleader, composer and jazz educator, having recorded around two dozen albums as a leader and many more as a sideman. He has performed with quite a few jazz greats, including Charles Mingus, Bob Brookmeyer, Lee Konitz and Toots Thielemans. He's also a sought after pianist by vocalists, having long worked with Broadway star Betty Buckley and jointly leading the Delirium Blue Project with Roseanna Vitro.

This trio date pairs the pianist with bassist Johannes Weidenmueller and drummer Ari Hoenig, two top musicians of their generation. Werner incorporates the lyricism of Bill Evans while blending in his own inventive arrangements and intensity. He starts Miles Davis' "Nardis" with a playful hip introduction that even adds the air of a hoedown, though the arrangement only uses Evans' ideas as a launching pad, Werner taking a more spacious route, a tough challenge given the many recordings available by Evans. Regardless of who you credit with writing "Blue in Green" (Evans is more likely its composer), Werner's impressionist introduction sets up a haunting arrangement of this modal masterpiece.

The off-center take of John Coltrane's "26-2" is a lively affair as well. Werner's "Beauty Secrets" is a gem that unveils itself slowly with many shimmering facets, eventually evolving into the centuries-old "Greensleeves". The pianist is a gifted interpreter of standards, delivering a whispering "With a Song in My Heart," a subtly swinging "Autumn Leaves" and a buoyant, waltzing "All the Things You Are" where he seems at times independent of the rhythm section.

Track Listing

With a Song in My Heart; Nardis; Autumn Leaves; If I Should Lose You; Beauty Secrets; All the Things You Are; Balloons; 26-2; Blue in Green.

Personnel

Kenny Werner: piano; Johannes Weidenmueller: bass; Ari Hoenig: drums.

Album information

Title: With A Song In My Heart | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Venus Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

View events near New York City
Jazz Near New York City
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Get App | More...

Shop Amazon

More

Westward Bound!
Harold Land
Jazz Mix 12
Kris T Reeder
Horizons Quartet
Horizons Quartet
3,5,8
Gui Duvignau
On Fire
Bévort 3
Lockdown
Joshua Jern Jazz Orchestra

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.