Ted Rosenthal's deconstructed riff on Gershwin opens up a new myriad of lyrical possibilities!
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Born out of financial necessity, Rhapsody In Gershwin is a myriad of harmonic colors anchored in sophistication and brimming with the vibrant conversations of his stellar trio. The riff on Rhapsody in Blue combined with seven personal examinations of the legendary Gershwin discography brings a somewhat more organic feel to the compositions here while playing to the strengths of Ted Rosenthal.
Timing, technique and taste have "They Can't Take That Away From Me" along with "Someone To Watch Over Me" and "Love Walked In" taking on a new lyrical sense of purpose with delightful arrangements that never mangle the original melody but instead move in a slightly new harmonic direction fortified with the all star rhythm section of bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner. Tempos are altered, dynamics shifted, and improvisations hold a less is more approach that solidify the left handed punch of the winner of the second annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.
The music of George Gershwin remains larger than life and despite the fact that the more traditional orchestrated versions of the catalog contained within were not possible, the inventiveness of this trio creates a new and special lyrical landscape from which to enjoy the legend's music. A percussive pop, a deceptively subtle swing but all executed with Big Apple flair and the panache long associated with the jazz mecca of the word, Rhapsody In Gershwin is a triumph. If you are expecting simply straight ahead covers then keep looking. If you are hip to a piano trio that can both embrace and celebrate the Gershwin legacy at the same time then you have come to the right place!
Tracks: Rhapsody In Blue; Let's Call The Whole Thing Off; Fascinatin' Rhythm; I Loves You Porgy; They Can't Take That Away From Me; Strike Up The Band; Someone To Watch Over Me; Love Walked In.
Personnel: Ted Rosenthal: Piano; Martin Wind: Bass; Tim Horner: Drums.