Dear Mr. Pizzarelli

Dear Mr. Pizzarelli

by Edward Decker
     
 

Edward Decker's Dear Mr. Pizzarelli is his solo guitar tribute to Bucky Pizzarelli, with whom he studied for a time after being awarded an NEA grant. Like his mentor, Decker plays a George Van Eps model seven-string electric guitar, which gives him an extra string with which to add a bassline. Decker, who works regularly with theSee more details below

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Edward Decker's Dear Mr. Pizzarelli is his solo guitar tribute to Bucky Pizzarelli, with whom he studied for a time after being awarded an NEA grant. Like his mentor, Decker plays a George Van Eps model seven-string electric guitar, which gives him an extra string with which to add a bassline. Decker, who works regularly with the Tony DeSare Trio, shows how much he absorbed from Pizzarelli (a gifted studio musician who played on all kinds of dates for decades before focusing more heavily on jazz late in his career). Most of this session focuses on the kinds of songs that Pizzarelli is likely to have recorded or performed at some point, except for a medley of Tony DeSare compositions ("How I Will Say I Love You" and "Marry Me"). Decker is quite content playing most of the ballads slowly, allowing for plenty of space between chords to give the music breathing room. Highlights include the romantic medley of two tunes by Rodgers & Hart ("Blue Room" and "There's a Small Hotel"), an elegant treatment of Henry Mancini's "Two for the Road," and a whispering rendition of "Laura." There is little doubt that Bucky Pizzarelli was greatly honored by his former student's superb playing throughout this enjoyable CD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2010
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917328929
catalogNumber:
73289

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Edward Decker   Primary Artist,Guitar

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Fred Karlin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Manfred Knoop   Producer,Engineer,Mastering
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Mary Pizzarelli   Liner Notes
Marcel van den Broek   Art Direction,Cover Photo
Irving King   Composer
Arthur James   Composer
George M. Smith   Arranger,Composer
Esther Wiegert   Sleeve Design
Robb Wilson   Composer
Harry M. Woods   Composer
Edward Decker   Arranger,Producer
Barry Galraith   Arranger
James Campbell   Composer

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