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EMI Classics serves up a delightful course in this celebrated recording. The buyer should note that Montero is listed as a classical musician instead of a jazz pianist, which is quite interesting. It is noteworthy that another jazz musician Keith Jarrett had crossed over to classical; his Handel keyboard suites being a noteworthy example.
Montero had received public acclaim by playing at the President's inauguration with the likes of Izhtak Perlman and Yo-yo Ma. Montero projects this same type of public persona that grabs the listener's attention. Her playing is quite similar to the feline projection she displays on the album cover. Montero moves from note to note with catlike precision, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes classical, and yet at other times jazzy. The listener doesn't quite know what to expect, so that eventually he/she just submits to the whole thing and allows Montero to just "purr" herself away to the end. This is music to entertain; and entertain it does.
It should be noted that Montero's mentor, Martha Argerich has recorded a collection of chamber pieces for the piano. Nonetheless, she has never ventured into this type of jazz repertoire before. This is truly beyond anything that has preceded it. A bravura performance, and well recorded in the Abbey Road in London. Highly recommended, perhaps with Simone Dinnerstein on the Goldberg Variations and Keith Jarrett with Handel's keyboard suites.