SWING IT! Joe Alterman: Comin’ Home To  You

This guy is a throwback to the days when pianists mix artistry with a thing called entertainment. Joe Alterman has an inherent love of swing and assertive joy on this collection of covers and originals in a trio groove with Nathaniel Schroeder-Scott Glazer/b, and Doug Hirlinger-Justin Chesarek/dr. He’s got that classic glassy touch a la Errol Garner on the snappy and upbeat title track with vintage late night cocktail lounge lyricism on “Nina Never Knew” and “The Last Time I Saw You.” He’s Gene Harris hip on the shuffling read of “Isn’t She Lovely” at the grooving “Sarah Smiles,” while you can picture the babes leaning on the piano as he delivers incurably romantic solo reads of “Everyone Says I Love  You” and the resonant “Fish This Week.” I didn’t think God grew them like this anymore!


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