Live at the Village Vanguard

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Pianist, composer, and bandleader Uri Caine takes time out from his myriad projects to record a straight jazz trio date at the illustrious Village Vanguard. For all of his wonderful quirks and musical personalities, Caine is foremost a fine jazz pianist and stylist. Along with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Ben Perowsky, that persona is on display here and it shines in a program of originals, a jazz classic, and standards. Caine's reading of Wayne Shorter's now canonical "Nefertiti" is elegant and stylish; it's full of twists and turns from the modal base and snakes its way through jazz and popular music history in the solo. The ensemble interplay here is almost symbiotic; ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Pianist, composer, and bandleader Uri Caine takes time out from his myriad projects to record a straight jazz trio date at the illustrious Village Vanguard. For all of his wonderful quirks and musical personalities, Caine is foremost a fine jazz pianist and stylist. Along with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Ben Perowsky, that persona is on display here and it shines in a program of originals, a jazz classic, and standards. Caine's reading of Wayne Shorter's now canonical "Nefertiti" is elegant and stylish; it's full of twists and turns from the modal base and snakes its way through jazz and popular music history in the solo. The ensemble interplay here is almost symbiotic; each chromatic shift is anticipated by the rhythm section and glides into place. On Caine's "Most Wanted," the piece begins with a bluesy Ramsey Lewis Trio groove shimmer before elliptically mutating into a Bill Evans-styled harmonic exploration of the changes and modulations in the tune's melodic intervals -- complete with Latin-tinged rhythmic invention by Perowsky. The bopped-out, exceptionally long read of Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" amounts to a strident blowing session with Caine offering double-handed counterpoint at sometimes dizzying speeds. In all, this is a very satisfying date, offering a complex and erudite portrait of the pianist as a monster improviser and an exceptionally sophisticated arranger.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Winter & Winter
  • UPC: 025091010226
  • Catalog Number: 102
  • Sales rank: 168,127

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nefertiti (9:03)
  2. 2 All the Way (5:21)
  3. 3 Stiletto (7:38)
  4. 4 I Thought About You (8:44)
  5. 5 Otello (6:33)
  6. 6 Snaggletooth (7:43)
  7. 7 Go Deep (9:33)
  8. 8 Cheek to Cheek (9:10)
  9. 9 Most Wanted (6:34)
  10. 10 Bushwack (6:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Uri Caine Primary Artist, Piano
Drew Gress Bass, Double Bass
Ben Perowsky Drums
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Uri Caine Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Stefan F. Winter Producer, Executive Producer
Mariko Takahashi Executive Producer
Adrian von Ripka Engineer
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