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  • Audio CD (August 1, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Camjazz
  • ASIN: B000GEU6J0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 24, 2006
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Pity bassist Marc Johnson. He was an integral part of the Bill Evans' Trio during the pianist's extraordinary valedictory that culminated in the sets, "Last Waltz" and "Consecration," only to be orphaned following the pianist's sudden death at the completion of those remarkable recordings. There would be no one to take Bill's place, but approximately ten years later Johnson would record with a brilliant young pianist who was the next best thing--Dave Catney ("Jade Visions")--only to be re-orphaned when the youthful Catney succumbed to AIDS. And now the bassist has teamed up with Enrico Pieranunzi, who has less in common with Evans' late volcanic expressionism or Catney's effervescent impressionism than with the crystalline classicism of late John Lewis ("Evolution I and II").

This is music that's impossible to dislike--anyone who appreciates good music will not object to your having it playing in the background. But don't be fooled: this is music that repays serious listening, even though the frequent minor modalities, suspended rhythms, and mono-toned, languorous mood will make it difficult for many listeners to absorb the program at one continuous sitting. (Apart from the two standards, I would be surprised if even an attentive listener could identify the songs after a single hearing.)

Pieranunzi takes few chances and makes no mistakes. One of the tunes ("Thought") is simply a melody played through once. On the other tunes Johnson's bass is given either equal or greater solo time than the piano.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Keymer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2009
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The three musicians on this recording are all consummate musicians and they play together beautifully as a unit. Pieranunzi and Johnson display a deep lyricism in their soloing and Baron's brushwork on the drums provides unobtrusive and supportive backup. They are close to a dream trio.

I say "close" because they are not as exciting or propulsive perhaps as the classic Bill Evans-Scott LaFaro-Paul Motian trio of the 1961 Village Vanguard session, or, for that matter, Pieranunzi's own trio with bassist Hein van de Geyn and drummer Andre Ceccarelli recorded live in Paris in a double album released the same year as this one, Live in Paris (2006). Pieranunzi, van de Geyn and Ceccarelli kick ass on that one. Pieranunzi, Johnson and Baron are softer, more reflective throughout on this album.

Pieranunzi is an extremely interesting, musically alert pianist. His musical debts -at least some of them--are clear. He's Bill Evans on a base of Bud Powell with modern harmonics and a strong rhythmic pulse thrown in. Typically, on this album, when he reenters the song after Marc Johnson has soloed, Pieranunzi will up the pulse, more intense and quick notes for a few bars in before he relaxes to a slow lyrical tempo once more. It's effective. As much as I've had the opportunity to listen to him (this is the fourth CD of his I've bought), I always pay attention because he never plays fluff, he always says something in his solos. I'd read that Marc Johnson was very good and he is. He plays with strength and intelligence, with a sound that lies somewhere between the high stringed sound of a La Faro or an Eddie Gomez, and the lower solid tones of a Ron Carter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Brown on December 6, 2008
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This is an astonishingly beautiful CD. I listen to a lot of jazz piano trios and 4tets, and this is one of my favorite disks. I bought one for my car, and another for home, and several for friends. It's a pity it isn't better known. Give it a try: take a risk. You'll be glad you did.
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By Mauricio Leonardo Torem on April 15, 2009
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Ballads is one of the most charming albuns I do have.
Enrico and his friends do know how to play jazz in a sophisticated way.
Absolutly gorgeous !
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marvin abbott on September 2, 2013
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This was more progressive than I imagined with too much bass and saxophone added. Great pianist. Which his style stuck closer to the melody line
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