Alan Broadbent Personal Standards
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- Released: May 1, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Concord Records
Down Beat - 8/97, p.584 stars (out of 5) - "...the New Zealand-born keyboard man sparks highly original conversations between his hands, offering gentle dialogue...and sharp debate..."
- 2.Ballad Impromptu
- 3.The Long Goodbye
- 4.Everytime I Think of You
- 5.Song of Home
- 7.Chris Craft
- 9.Uncertain Terms
The Alan Broadbent Trio: Alan Broadbent (piano); Putter Smith (bass); Joe LaBarbera (drums).
Recorded at The Toy Shop, Los Angeles, California on October 7 & 8, 1996. Includes liner notes by Alan Broadbent.
"Everytime I Think Of You" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.
Personnel: Alan Broadbent (piano); Joe La Barbera (drums).
Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Author: Alan Broadbent.
Recording information: Toy Shop, Los Angeles, CA (10/07/1996-10/08/1996).
Photographers: Bruce Burr; Dave Fischer.
A great piano trio is a thing of beauty. The history of jazz is filled with them. PERSONAL STANDARDS showcases just such a trio; Alan Broadbent, Putter Smith and Joe LaBarbera. Light swing and delicate ballads and crisp are enlivened by crisp interplay in this collection of original tunes. Broadbent's lush piano style offers the deep colors and complex textures often believed to exist only with larger ensembles. Such high musicianship in such a compact package is what makes this trio so special.
Eight of the nine selections were penned by Broadbent, whose compositional style ranges from Bill Evans-like mood explorations ("Idyll") to tender ballads ("Everytime I Think Of You") and the blues ("Uncertain Terms"). Each tune makes an ideal vehicle for these tasteful soloists. On the up-tempo "Chris Craft" drummer LaBarbera's shows off some fiery stick work without overpowering the intimate setting. Putter Smith's "North" reflects the deep wood tones of the composer's instrument perfectly. In all, PERSONAL STANDARDS is tonal poetry, as the listener is treated to an intimate portrait of three exceptional musicians.
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