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Chopin Meets The Blues

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Chopin melodies used as a basis for jazz improvisation? In the wrong hands, the results could be truly catastrophic. Yet it's a notion with great appeal for celebrated Dutch piano marvel Peter Beets. ''Why, melodic embellishment is at the heart of everything that Chopin wrote!'' enthuses Peter. ''In fact, he was composing tunes ideal for bebop, although he couldn't have known it at the time.'' It's a happy coincidence that the fifth Criss Cross CD under Beets' leadership arrives during the bicentennial year of Chopin's birth. But it's clearly not a project haphazardly thrown together at the last moment. Instead, Peter recruited three of New York's premier jazzmen - guitarist Joe Cohn, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinson - as co-conspirators.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Criss Cross
  • ASIN: B003UOM5MO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Neither much Chopin, nor much blues, but plenty of great swinging jazz.
Chopin's music provides only the starting point for Peter Beets improvisations.Eight rather slow tempo Chopin compositions turn into eight fast tempo swing(a la Oscar Peterson(one of Peter Beets heroes)) improvisations in which Chopin is sometimes barely recognizable ( not that this should trouble anyone).
The Peter Beets Quartet features beside Peter Beets( an acclaimed Dutch pianist ) on piano, Joe Cohn( son of tenor sax player Al Cohn) on guitar, Reuben Rogers on double bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums .
Why "Chopin meets The Blues" ? Because, according to Peter Beets "....I purposely avoided the word "jazz" itself, because that word tends to turn many people off"
So, don't let you be turned off, this is a great jazz album.
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If one still plays Chopin in a jazz idiom, then I prefer the gorgeous and original interpretations from the phenomenal Polish pianist Leszek Mozdzer. Listen to his "Impressions" on Chopin: much more musicality and closer to Chopin. Here a lot of Beets, little or no Chopin, only a very small framework.
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Fabulous. Be sure to check out the live album as well, only available as a download, I believe.
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