Stories is a dynamic offering of the discipline of the classical and the joy of Latin for a stunning release!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Pianist Enrico Pieranunzi enlists the help of critically acclaimed bassist Scott Colley and all star drummer Antonio Sanchez to push the improvisational boundaries of both classical and Latin music. Anything new here? The format has found some limited success with larger ensembles. When one thinks of trios there may be only a half dozen truly great recordings that transcend genre and push the limits of improvisational music to new heights, Stories is one such release.
While Colley and Sanchez are widely known within the North American audience, the Italian Enrico Pieranunzi would seem to have emerged from the harmonic shadows. Recordings such as this rarely make that successful transition to small ensemble performance yet there is a indescribable spirit that permeates the very essence of this recording. The melodic genesis of this release runs from the exquisite and dialed down "Slow Gene" from Scott Colley to the whirling dervish of harmonic fury with "Which Way Is Up" from Pieranunzi. The Latin pinache of Sanchez is strong with the end result as improvisational conversations from a true collective of artists and not a pianist and two afterthoughts.
A stealth release that could easily slip under your radar. One of the finer piano trios of 2014.
Tracks: No Improper Use; Detras Mas Alla; Blue Waltz; The Slow Gene; Which Way Is Up; Where Stories Are; Flowering Stones; The Real You