John Pizzarelli Live at Birdland (2-CD)

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: April 22, 2003
  • Label: Telarc

Entertainment Reviews:

JazzTimes - 6/03, pp.131-2
"...The first gentleman of contemporary jazz - spend five minutes with Pizzarelli and you'll fully appreciate his inimitable warmth, humor and munificence of spirit..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Introduction
  • 2.Just You, Just Me
  • 3.The Frim Fram Sauce
  • 4.This Song Is You
  • 5.Isn't It a Pity?
  • 6.Rhode Island (Intro)
  • 7.Rhode Island
  • 8.Ray Kennedy: Libary of Congress
  • 9.Gospel Truth
  • 10.Ray Kennedy: Dizzy Gillespie Story
  • 11.James Taylor Intro 2
  • 12.Tea For Tatum
  • 13.Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
  • 14.James Taylor Intro 2
  • 15.Mean Old Man
  • 16.Manhattan
  • 17.Rosemary Clooney Story
  • 18.Moonlight Becomes You
  • 19.Final Intro
  • 20.Will You Still Be Mine?

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Introduction
  • 2.Three Little Words
  • 3.They Can't Take That Away From Me
  • 4.Oh, How My Heart Beats For You
  • 5.Day I Found You, The (The Pollywog Song)
  • 6.Polliwog Story
  • 7.It's Only a Paper Moon
  • 8.Stompin' at the Savoy
  • 9.Better Run Before Its Spring
  • 10.Grover Kemble Story
  • 11.Headed Out to Vera's
  • 12.Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You / Baby, Baby All The Time / Midnight Blue
  • 13.I Like Jersey Best Intro
  • 14.I Like Jersey Best
  • 15.My Castle's Rockin'
  • 16.Baby Just Come Home to Me

Product Description:

John Pizzarelli Trio: John Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar); Ray Kennedy (piano); Martin Pizzarelli (bass).
Additional personnel: Grover Kemble (vocals).
Producers: Robert Friedrich, The John Pizzarelli Trio.
Recorded live at Birdland, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by John Pizzarelli.
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
John Pizzarelli Trio: John Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar); Ray Kennedy (piano); Martin Pizzarelli (bass).
Additional personnel: Grover Kemble (vocals).
Producers: Robert Friedrich, The John Pizzarelli Trio.
Recorded live at Birdland, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by John Pizzarelli.
Jazz Times (6/03, p.131-2) - "...The first gentleman of contemporary jazz - spend five minutes with Pizzarelli and you'll fully appreciate his inimitable warmth, humor and munificence of spirit..."
This is a wonderful, warm-hearted, and effortlessly virtuosic live recording by one of the finest living exponents of pre-bop small-ensemble jazz. With pianist Ray Kennedy and bassist Martin Pizzarelli (and on two songs joined by vocalist Grover Kemble), singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli runs through a generally lightweight but thoroughly charming set of standards, homages, funny stories, and the occasional original tune; the fast tunes are light and frothy, the ballads smooth and gentle, and even the moments that are less than utterly inspired work together with the album's highlights to create a very satisfying whole. John Pizzarelli has a suit sponsor, which tells you something about what to expect of him as a singer: his voice is smooth and warm, offering a nice combination of Chet Baker's timbre and Dean Martin's fullness; as a guitarist you need to know that he favors seven-string guitars and flat-wound strings, leading him naturally to a swinging Django Reinhardt-meets-Freddie Green kind of sound. As for the trio's instrumentation, it's true that when you can comp with this kind of authority you don't technically need a drummer. But on a few tracks a drummer would have filled out the band's sound nicely. Highlights include the group's fun, slightly greasy take on "Frim Fram Sauce" and a great ode to Art Tatum called "Tea for Tatum," as well as a fine original blues composition titled "Headed Out to Vera's." Pizzarelli's own "Oh, How My Heart Beats for You" and "Day I Found You" are also wonderful. But the album's standout track is a limpidly gorgeous rendition of another original, "Better Run Before It's Spring." Pizzarelli is obviously having a blast in the intimate setting of the legendary Birdland club, and so will any jazz lover who takes the time to listen. Very highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

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