Kisses In The Rain

Kisses In The Rain

by John Pizzarelli
     
 

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Taking his cues from Nat King Cole's legendary piano-guitar-bass trio, singer and guitarist John Pizarrelli has fashioned his own flavorsome threesome. With a decade of experience behind iy, the Pizzarelli trio -- with brother Martin on bass and Ray Kennedy on piano -- has developed a distinctive sound of their own, one that glances backwards at jazz heroes of the… See more details below

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Taking his cues from Nat King Cole's legendary piano-guitar-bass trio, singer and guitarist John Pizarrelli has fashioned his own flavorsome threesome. With a decade of experience behind iy, the Pizzarelli trio -- with brother Martin on bass and Ray Kennedy on piano -- has developed a distinctive sound of their own, one that glances backwards at jazz heroes of the swing era while also finding an increasing place for select new compositions. On KISSES IN THE RAIN, the trio's sleek sound is perfectly suited to such prime material as "I'm in the Mood for Love," "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "Don't Be That Way," and "I Thought About You." Pizzarelli's aficionado taste in mint offbeat songs leads him to interpret exemplary fare like "From Monday On" (associated with Bing Crosby), Arthur Freed's "Should I?", and Jimmy Van Heusen's "I Could Have Told You So." The original tunes -- most co-written by Pizzarelli and his wife Jessica Molaskey -- have the idiomatic flavor of familiar standards. A first-class swing-style guitarist, and steadily maturing as a vocalist, Pizzarelli uses each new recording to assert his formidable talent.

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
John Pizzarelli takes his nifty little act over to the folks at Telarc, and in fact, little has changed at all; if anything, the act has gotten better. The good news is that Pizzarelli shows continued improvement as a vocalist; the nasal, callow, youthful sound slowly gives way to a less naive, more rhythmically hip style in the manner of early Nat Cole. Pizzarelli was a fine, versatile guitarist from the start, and he continues to astonish at lightning tempos here. His airtight longtime trio (brother Martin Pizzarelli on bass, Ray Kennedy on piano) keeps right up, switching tempos on a dime. As you would expect, the menu consists of mostly Tin Pan Alley/swing standards from way back ("When I Take My Sugar to Tea," "When Lights Are Low," "Don't Be That Way," "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," etc.); the idiom is King Cole Trio all the way, with some Oscar Peterson when Kennedy gets rolling. The only thing missing is Pizzarelli's good-natured kidding around with his band and his audience, which has become one of the main attractions of his live act. This artist is a good match for Telarc's growth as a jazz label -- young faces, old repertoire -- and of course, the Pizzarelli brothers and Kennedy are now the beneficiaries of Telarc's vaunted, depth-charged engineering.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408349126
catalogNumber:
83491
Rank:
82662

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Performance Credits

John Pizzarelli   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Ray Kennedy   Piano
Martin Pizzarelli   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Rosemary Clooney   Liner Notes
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Donald Burnside   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
John Pizzarelli   Liner Notes
James Van Heusen   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Robert Woods   Producer
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction,Cover Design
Tom Sheehan   Piano Arrangement

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