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It is interesting to listen to an artist whose life does show up completely in her music (sorry- I am a bit tired of an over produced Norah Jones with a rich Daddy or another Miles re-re-release with another 2 minutes of never before heard material- not to mention D. Krall... don't even get me started !!)
It is good to hear something fresh and new- interpretations of songs that I do admire outside of Jazz (sorry I am not a pure Jazz fan - but an admirer of music and good songwriting as a whole..)
Get it- you won't be dissappointed...
Rachel Z, an exceptionally talented keys player, has struggled to find the proper outlet for her extraordinary talent. In her handful of previous releases, she hasn't really hit on it.
Like so many others of late, she's found it here: the jazz trio.
The difference from previous releases is that she's playing just about all Nu pop classics in an acoustic trio format.
What she seems to have done is take the best from several other worlds: Brad Mehldau's and The Bad Plus's raiding of the current pop songbook; Hiromi's expansion of the jazz trio into a more flexible and morphing unit (mainly from the drum chair, in the case of Rachael Z); and the inclusion of an authentically avant-garde player (Tony Levin), a move perhaps borrowed from Marion Alter's brilliant If, which included Greg Cohen as the bass player.
Recording for a hip, not-to-be-pinned-down label, Tone Center, also helps. One gets the feeling she's free to create just about any kind of music she wants. Some of the tunes scarcely resemble their pop analogues at all: "Wild Horses," gorgeously reconfigured as a sad waltz, with only fragmentary though stunningly nuanced hints at its beautiful melody; "Here Comes the Sun," again, almost unrecognizable, though, amazingly, tracking with its original sensibility; "Fields of Gold," retaining its inherent burnished melancholy, but gloriously reworked into a tune of intense longing and even loss.
Hip, nuanced, smartly Postmodern, finely wrought, this is music of the highest order.
Two thumbs WAY up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
MY! MY! MY! It seems to me that Rachel is getting better with age. Not just better, but spectacular (with both her talent and looks, mind you. Read morePublished on November 1, 2005 by David J. Taylor
I have listened to the cd several times now, and have grown to like every song, especially Chris Cornell's 'Black hole sun' and Rachel Z's own 'interlude'. Read morePublished on September 18, 2004 by Clifford Lynn
WOW! I can't believe I finally got to hear my favorite songs dressed up in my favorite style of music. Read morePublished on June 10, 2004
This CD is a collection of new standards like Black Hole Sun,Tonight,Tonight,and Ring of Fire. The treatments of these songs are inventive and sophisticated. Read morePublished on June 9, 2004 by Eliza
Rachel is a good player and I think she's moved forward on this release. But why oh why cover songs like Ring of Fire. Read morePublished on June 7, 2004
In an era when country artists (nora)get jazz praises and muzac artists (Diana) are hailed as the jazz queens,rachel z puts them to shame time and time again. Read morePublished on June 7, 2004
every one I know plays better than her. A couple of left hand chord voicings that sound jazzy and suddenly you're a jazz artist.
To call this jazz is an injustice. Read more