Beauty Secrets

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
As an acoustic pianist in modern jazz, Werner has few peers, but not the proper acclaim. Perhaps this CD will do it: it's an exquisitely crafted date with several trio tracks Drew Gress on bass and Billy Hart on drums, duets with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano or violinist Mark Feldman, string-flavored orchestral pieces, poetry, singer Betty Buckley on one cut, and one quintet track with Werner's younger compatriots like trumpeter Dave Ballou and saxophonist Tony Malaby. Werner's trio is really on, from the first notes of the standard "With a Song in My Heart." He has the keen sense and innate ability to take basic melody themes and extrapolate them to the nth power or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
As an acoustic pianist in modern jazz, Werner has few peers, but not the proper acclaim. Perhaps this CD will do it: it's an exquisitely crafted date with several trio tracks Drew Gress on bass and Billy Hart on drums, duets with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano or violinist Mark Feldman, string-flavored orchestral pieces, poetry, singer Betty Buckley on one cut, and one quintet track with Werner's younger compatriots like trumpeter Dave Ballou and saxophonist Tony Malaby. Werner's trio is really on, from the first notes of the standard "With a Song in My Heart." He has the keen sense and innate ability to take basic melody themes and extrapolate them to the nth power or degree. As a writer, he takes cues from '50s masters; Bud Powell would be proud of his incessant start-stop antics and Hart's rat-tat-tat accents on "Scufflin'," while a bow to Herbie Nichols is clearly evident on the slightly angular, sneaky-cool swing of "Little Appetites." Werner waxes romantic on the tender title track, a ballad waltz in which he can get lost while also finding his various selves. He's also adept at time shifts -- commanding stop-start, soulfully grooving 6/8, hard-swinging 4/4, and back to staccato phrases on the chameleonic "Jackson Five." Lovano adopts a mushy, lugubrious stance for Werner's darker mood during the 1½-minute "Inner Region," while the different melody fragments peppered through the interestingly conceptual "A Walk in the Park" find Lovano mellow, but sometimes dissident. Feldman's crystal-clear violin rings out on the children's-song-like traipse through fields of flowers "You Make Me Sing," while wondrously woven unison and contrapuntal variations change up the suggested waltz of "Goblins." Buckley's singing approaches siderial cabaret, a bit oblique for Werner's avant shadings on "Send in the Clowns," while Werner verbalizes on the life-dance-freedom precept of "Music from the Space," a 12-minute-plus romp through introspection, orchestral notions with string synth, and the hard-swinging trio. The lone quintet piece, "Bumper Jumper," leads one to believe there's a full CD of this band waiting in the wings someday. It displays Werner's most complex, highly evolved writing, with unison horns, contrary bass and piano lines, bop infusion, slightly dour free improv, and contagiously feverish invention. It's clear that Werner is a brilliant musician. Too few out of New York City know it, but you always get the feeling the best is yet to come for this true individualist and progressive thinker. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2000
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 743216990429
  • Catalog Number: 69904

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 With a Song in My Heart (6:56)
  2. 2 Scuffin' (4:34)
  3. 3 Beauty Secrets (7:47)
  4. 4 Jackson Five (4:09)
  5. 5 A Walk in the Park (5:15)
  6. 6 Bumper Jumper (8:08)
  7. 7 Inner Region (1:35)
  8. 8 Goblins (4:38)
  9. 9 Little Appetites (6:09)
  10. 10 Send in the Clowns (5:05)
  11. 11 You Make Me Sing (5:27)
  12. 12 Music from the Space (12:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Werner Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Voices, Synthesizer Strings
Billy Hart Snare Drums
Joe Lovano Tenor Saxophone
Betty Buckley Vocals
Mark Feldman Violin
Drew Gress Bass
Heidi Stubner Violin
Mary Wooten Cello
Dave Ballou Trumpet
Tony Malaby Tenor Saxophone
Todd Reynolds Violin
Victor Schultz Violin
Ari Hoenig Snare Drums
Johannes Weidenmüller Bass
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Jim Anderson Engineer
Jean-Jacques Pussiau Producer
Kenny Werner Arranger, Liner Notes
Paul Wickliffe Engineer, Mastering
Bernard Amiard Art Direction
Daniel Baumgarten Executive Producer
Dave Bennett Engineer
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