Uri Caine Trio - Live at the Village Vanguard

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Winter & Winter


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Pianist, composer, and bandleader Uri Caine takes time out from his myriad projects to record a straight jazz trio date at the illustrious Village Vanguard. For all of his wonderful quirks and musical personalities, Caine is foremost a fine jazz pianist and stylist. Along with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Ben Perowsky, that persona is on display here and it shines in a program of originals, a jazz classic, and standards. Caine's reading of Wayne Shorter's now canonical "Nefertiti" is elegant and stylish; it's full of twists and turns from the modal base and snakes its way through jazz and popular music history in the solo. The ensemble interplay here is almost symbiotic; each chromatic shift is anticipated by the rhythm section and glides into place. On Caine's "Most Wanted," the piece begins with a bluesy Ramsey Lewis Trio groove shimmer before elliptically mutating into a Bill Evans-styled harmonic exploration of the changes and modulations in the tune's melodic intervals -- complete with Latin-tinged rhythmic invention by Perowsky. The bopped-out, exceptionally long read of Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" amounts to a strident blowing session with Caine offering double-handed counterpoint at sometimes dizzying speeds. In all, this is a very satisfying date, offering a complex and erudite portrait of the pianist as a monster improviser and an exceptionally sophisticated arranger. ~ Thom Jurek

1) Nefertiti (09:03)
2) All the Way (05:21)
3) Stiletto (07:38)
4) I Thought About You (08:44)
5) Otello (06:33)
6) Snaggletooth (07:43)
7) Go Deep (09:33)
8) Cheek to Cheek (09:10)
9) Most Wanted (06:34)
10) Bushwack (06:20)

Live at the Village Vanguard
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