Knowing You

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
When you’ve got the touch, you’ve got the touch. Singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli, has, over the course of his 25-plus-year career, perfected the art of revivifying time-honored standards. His vibrant vocalizing and jaw-dropping instrumental work energize even the most familiar of songs, and his hand-in-glove rapport with his sleek trio and assorted special guests consistently brings additional luster to the performances. Knowing You features a smart program mixing tried-and-true tunes (“Pick Yourself Up” “The Shadow of Your Smile”), contemporary standards (Dave Frishberg’s “Quality Time,” Maltby and Shire’s “Coffee, Black”), pop classics (The Beach Boys' “God Only...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
When you’ve got the touch, you’ve got the touch. Singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli, has, over the course of his 25-plus-year career, perfected the art of revivifying time-honored standards. His vibrant vocalizing and jaw-dropping instrumental work energize even the most familiar of songs, and his hand-in-glove rapport with his sleek trio and assorted special guests consistently brings additional luster to the performances. Knowing You features a smart program mixing tried-and-true tunes (“Pick Yourself Up” “The Shadow of Your Smile”), contemporary standards (Dave Frishberg’s “Quality Time,” Maltby and Shire’s “Coffee, Black”), pop classics (The Beach Boys' “God Only Knows”), and Pizzarelli’s increasingly well crafted originals (“Knowing You,” “The First Hint of Autumn”). With assistance from, among others, his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, and his father, guitar virtuoso Bucky Pizzarelli, as well as saxophonist Harry Allen and keyboardist Larry Goldings, Pizzarelli imbues all he embraces with the ease, assurance, and warmth that his fans have come to expect from this eminently gifted interpreter of quality songs.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli returns with another solid collection of tastefully swinging standards on Knowing You. Never straying too far from what he does best, Pizzarelli is nonetheless an exciting improviser and pleasing vocalist who always finds a way to make an old chestnut of a tune his own. Here, his rapport with such longtime bandmates as pianist Ray Kennedy, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, and drummer Tony Tedesco is instinctual, full of humor, and filled with call-and-response interplay. To these ends, Pizzarelli has compiled an enjoyable set of well- and lesser-known standards, including the sprightly swinger "Coffee, Black," the elegantly mellow "The Shadow of Your Smile," and the sweetly unexpected Brian Wilson classic "God Only Knows." That interesting song choice and the Rupert Holmes-esque original title track also show Pizzarelli's ability to push his talents into contemporary areas without alienating his fan base. Also joining in are Pizzarelli's wife, vocalist Jessica Molaskey, along with pianist Larry Goldings, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, and others.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408361562
  • Catalog Number: 63615
  • Sales rank: 128,781

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Pizzarelli Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Ray Kennedy Piano
Larry Goldings Organ, Piano
Ken Peplowski Clarinet
Bucky Pizzarelli Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Harry Allen Tenor Saxophone
Tony Monte Piano
Martin Pizzarelli Bass
César Camargo Mariano Piano
Tony Tedesco Drums
Jessica Molaskey Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Dave Frishberg Composer
Larry Goldings Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Richard Maltby Jr. Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Tony Monte Arranger
John Pizzarelli Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Arthur Schwartz Composer
David Shire Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Robert Woods Producer, Audio Production
Robert Friedrich Engineer, Mastering
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
César Camargo Mariano Arranger
Harold Adamson Composer
Lew Spence Composer
Brian Montgomery Engineer
Tony Asher Composer
Jessica Molaskey Composer
Daniel Barrett Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Pizzarelli - The Charming, Debonair Prince of Jazz!

    From his very first release on vinyl (I'm Hip) to this exciting new CD, Pizzarelli is a master at what he does. "Coffee, Black" is a brilliant discovery, perfectly suited to his off-the-cuff delivery of the trickiest lyrics. Even his own compositions are maturing; on this album, "The First Hint of Autumn" evokes the arrangements of jazz great, Pat Methaney. All around, a gorgeous collection. I only wish his sparkling and witty on-stage personality would translate onto CD!

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