PIANO MAN! Dan Trudell: Plays the Piano

Here’s the kind of album that makes you  like jazz again. Pianist Dan Trudell teams up with Matt Wilson/dr and Joe Sanders/b on a fun and swinging take of originals, jazz standards and modern material. He’s got a joyful touch and bounce to his playing, not unlike an Errol Garner or Gene Harris; joy is on every note! His own material his an exciting modal mood on “McCoy For Now” and shows a charming stride the winning “Jonesin’.” Sanders gets into a “Poinciana” mood on the clever read of “That Old Black Magic” and Wilson gets the gospel groove down on Horace Silver’s bopper “Soulville” but through it all, Trudell’s joyful attitude about the 88 ivories glows as on a sparkling “If Ever I would Leave You” and the celebrative “Isn’t She Lovely.” Jazz becomes a verb again here, where it belongs!


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