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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Jean-Michel Pilc's first solo piano CD is a thought-provoking mix of originals, standards, and classic jazz compositions. His jaunty approach to the venerable "St. Louis Blues" is extremely playful, incorporating dazzling post-bop runs. "My Favorite Things" is recast in a dark setting, adding hand-muted and plucked piano strings along with thunderous tremolos, as if an intense thunderstorm were approaching. He adds a percussive cadence and an even more eerie flavor to the already mournful "St. James Infirmary Blues." On the other hand, "If I Should Lose You" has a childlike innocence to it, while he whistles along with his piano in the bittersweet "One for My Baby" and romps...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Jean-Michel Pilc's first solo piano CD is a thought-provoking mix of originals, standards, and classic jazz compositions. His jaunty approach to the venerable "St. Louis Blues" is extremely playful, incorporating dazzling post-bop runs. "My Favorite Things" is recast in a dark setting, adding hand-muted and plucked piano strings along with thunderous tremolos, as if an intense thunderstorm were approaching. He adds a percussive cadence and an even more eerie flavor to the already mournful "St. James Infirmary Blues." On the other hand, "If I Should Lose You" has a childlike innocence to it, while he whistles along with his piano in the bittersweet "One for My Baby" and romps through "Autumn Leaves" with an extremely fresh, dissonant arrangement. His disguised introduction to "Ain't Mishbehavin'" finds him starting at the very top of the keyboard before sliding down to get into a more familiar range, yet his modern approach to stride includes detours into such gems as Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning to See the Light." Among modern jazz works, his gorgeous interpretation of the late Bill Evans' infrequently performed "B Minor Waltz" and rapid-fire miniature take of Sonny Rollins' "Oleo" merit high praise as well. "Follow Me" almost suggests a song written for children at first, though it once he moves down to the center of the keyboard, it becomes an enticing, upbeat ballad. "Happiness Seven" is a bit more mysterious, while "The Raccoon" seems like it is an improvisation. In any case, Pilc's solo piano outing is hardly typical for the genre, as new facets within it reveal themselves with each hearing. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • UPC: 764911666525
  • Catalog Number: 36665

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Follow Me (3:34)
  2. 2 Les Amants d'Un Jour (3:28)
  3. 3 St. Louis Blues (3:18)
  4. 4 My Favorite Things (4:32)
  5. 5 If I Should Lose You (3:24)
  6. 6 St James Infirmary (3:44)
  7. 7 Happiness Seven (2:08)
  8. 8 One for My Baby (4:26)
  9. 9 The Racoon (3:32)
  10. 10 Autumn Leaves (3:12)
  11. 11 Ain't Misbehavin' (3:22)
  12. 12 Beaver Dam (3:55)
  13. 13 Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir (2:55)
  14. 14 B Minor Waltz (3:35)
  15. 15 Oleo (1:32)
  16. 16 Les Copains d'Abord (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jean-Michel Pilc Primary Artist, Piano
Technical Credits
Bill Evans Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Irving Mills Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Georges Brassens Composer
Rene Ameline Engineer, Mastering
Francis Dreyfus Producer, Audio Production
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jacques Prévert Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Johnny Hess Composer
Harry Brooks Composer
Jean-Michel Pilc Composer
Joseph Kosma Composer
Marguerite Monnot Composer
Hélène Texier Engineer
Benjamin Joubert Mastering
Edith Delécluse Composer
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