Woody DeMarco serves up good old fashioned be-bop with a distinctly personal touch. His ideas can be moody or joyful, and that makes for a very interesting mix. DeMarco is a solid jazz pianist, who swings delightfully. He was certainly the cynosure of the group. 'His worthy constituents' were Rex Harte on Drums and Bruce Eno, Bass. "It Could Happen To You"..Happy rendition with refulgent ideas by DeMarco. "Close Your Eyes"...Haunting changes, demonstrating the other side of DeMarco's musical personality. "I Thought About You"..This was a toe tapper done with style and elegance by the trio. "Blue Monk"..This tune opens with the Bass cleverly playing Monk's melody, then the Piano arrives on the scene, brilliantly catching the essence of the piece, but clearly expressing it in his own style. "Passion Flower" This tune pays thoughtful homage to Strayhorn in the beginning and then takes off like a rocket with DeMarco cooking on all 88 cylinders with his cohorts in joyful accompaniment. This is a fine mainstream jazz recording with DeMarco threatening to get edgy on occasion but not enough to upset matters, quite the contrary, it only makes this CD more interesting.
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total)
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total). He saw an alto sax on my neck and said: Hey, how about you there, would you like to play something for us? I played a piece with the piano. OK, said Lee, how about you play something unaccompanied? Oh yeah! I was deep into transcribing Sonny Stitt and pretty much into playing as fast as possible as many right notes as possible. So I played Oleo in about 300 beats per minute and was very proud of myself. Lee was tapping his foot all the way through. Hmm, he said, that was in time and all that... (I thought - yeah, of course, haha!) and then he said, You've got a lot of quantity, how about quality? It took me 15 years to realize what he meant.