6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2010
I'm a Pizzarelli fan, so I knew I'd enjoy the album. Even so, I was surprised by how much I loved it. I think it's one of his best. The material is excellent, of course, and Pizzarelli has chosen wisely from Ellington's songbook. There's a nice variety of styles and moods and some very intriguing arrangements. He's chosen to blend both sung pieces and instrumentals. My favorites are C Jam Blues (an instrumental) and Satin Doll. Combining Don't Get Around Much Anymore and East St. Louis Toodle-oo took several listenings before I began to appreciate it -- the combination is so unusual -- but now i love that, too. It seems like Kurt Elling and Jessica Molaskey and Pizzarelli had a ball playing around with -- and updating the lyrics to - Perdido. The song invites you to smile along.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2010
i just attended the concert for this album in Boston and was floored by how good the arrangements are for this album. John ius great live show. This album is full of surprises and takes amterial around for many many years and makes it fresh. Thanks!!
on June 20, 2015
I was driving recently and heard All Too Soon on my favorite jazz radio station. I thought it was Chet Baker at first but later learned it was John Pizzarelli. Later at home, I checked on Amazon for reviews. Then I knew I had to have this CD. I have known of Pizzarelli for years but never really paid much attention to him. Generally, I tend to favor the hard bop guys and a lot of Miles Davis. But now I'll be paying attention to John Pizzarelli.
This is a great jazz CD on many levels. First, the organization of the music is a tasteful mix of ballads and up-tempo tunes, including vocals and instrumentals. Second, the arrangements are superb, keeping the flavor of the original music but with some updating. Third, the musicians are all first-rate as are their solos. Lots of nice surprises throughout the CD, too. For example, Kurt Elling joins Pizzarelli and his wife for a great version of Perdido.
If you have leanings towards the great big band music of the 1930s and 1940s (the "Great American Songbook" style), or simply enjoy great jazz music performed by talented musicians, you will love this CD. Pizzarelli is one talented guy who really understands what working with fine musicians is all about. Also, although I haven't timed the CD, it seems pretty long. So in addition to quality, you will be getting quantity as well. This is one of the finest CDs I've come across in recent years. In a word, it is a jewel and a lot of fun.
Hope to catch John and his band in Seattle at Jazz Alley in Seattle next time he visits.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2010
We listen to John Pizzarelli weekly on his syndicated radio show. We recently had the opportunity to attend a live concert of his. It was made known that this particular CD was going to become available. We enjoy him and his group, and decided to order the CD from you. It is very good.....well worth while.