Peace

Peace

by Kenny Werner
     
 

Insiders have long known what a terrifically talented pianist, composer, and bandleader Kenny Werner is. Recorded live at the New York jazz club Blue Note, Peace demonstrates all these attributes in spades. Leading a trio featuring bassist Johannes Weidenmueller and drummer Ari Hoenig, Werner delves deep into standard material (“All the Things You Are,” “Stella…  See more details below

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Insiders have long known what a terrifically talented pianist, composer, and bandleader Kenny Werner is. Recorded live at the New York jazz club Blue Note, Peace demonstrates all these attributes in spades. Leading a trio featuring bassist Johannes Weidenmueller and drummer Ari Hoenig, Werner delves deep into standard material (“All the Things You Are,” “Stella by Starlight”) -- making it anything but standard -- and puts a personal stamp on such finely crafted compositions as Horace Silver’s “Peace,” Thelonious Monk’s “Evidence,” and Wayne Shorter’s “Pinocchio” and “Fall” (brought together here in a medley). The pianist also unveils his own “Chach” and “Jabali,” two finely wrought pieces that fit well alongside the more established tunes. Throughout, Werner and his trio breathe as one, displaying remarkable empathy. With his beautiful touch and incisive and lyrical improvising, Werner stands out as a first-rank artist -- many more should know about him.

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Kenny Werner has long seemed to be one of the best-kept secrets in jazz, recording a number of fine dates for various labels but never achieving the wide acclaim he clearly deserves. This live set, recorded in early 2003 at the Blue Note, features the veteran pianist with bassist Johannes Weidenmüller and drummer Ari Hoenig, kicking off with a breathtaking medley of two Wayne Shorter compositions, "Pinocchio" and "Fall." His playful reworking of the standard "All the Things You Are," called "All Things Are You," refuses to be pigeonholed, at times suggesting the influence of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, though eventually moving into post-bop. Werner's lush ballad "Jabali" is accented by Hoenig's crisp brushwork and Weidenmüller's spacious bassline. The leader begins Horace Silver's "Peace" with an extended solo before his bandmates join him. The old warhorse "Stella By Starlight" sounds like a brand new work with Werner's abstract arrangement, which slowly unfolds in a tense setting before eventually revealing itself. Weidenmüller's skipping bass introduces Thelonious Monk's "Evidence," which mixes bop with Latin jazz percussion. The elegant "Chach" almost suggests a hymn; in any case, this lovely ballad deserves to have lyrics. Highly recommended.

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Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
Halfnote Records
UPC:
0801074451626
catalogNumber:
744516

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