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Special Encounter

Enrico Pieranunzi , Charlie Haden , Paul Motian Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Camjazz
  • ASIN: B00080Z6JM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Old Flame
2. You've Changed
3. Earlier Sea
4. Nightfall
5. Secret Nights
6. Loveward
7. Waltz For Ruth
8. Miradas
9. Hello My Lovely
10. Why Did I Choose You?
11. Mo-Ti

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Even for seasoned jazz veterans who place a premium on originality, formulas can exert a great appeal. The formula at work on Special Encounter can pretty much be summed up by the name Bill Evans, whose legend as an architect of the modern piano trio rests on the kind of lyrical, bop-tinged ballads and mid-tempo numbers offered here. Joined by a pair of decorated Americans, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian (a member of Evans' groundbreaking turn-of-the-1960s trio), Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi brings his usual elegance and insight to a smart mix of standards such as "You've Changed," Haden staples such as "Waltz for Ruth" and Pieranunzi originals such as the evocative "Secret Nights." If not all that special an encounter, it's certainly an agreeable one: the players, who have hooked up in different settings before, bond as a trio. The mood builds as the musicianship deepens. --Lloyd Sachs

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special enjoyment . . . May 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
. . . that's what's on tap for the discerning listener.

We've been blessed with a wealth of gorgeous piano trio sessions lately. One thinks of the Waslewsk/Kurkiewicz/Miski Trio, Alan Pasqua's My New Old Friend, Tord Gustavsen's The Ground, Frank Kimbrough's Lullabluebye, Shelley Berg's Blackbird, E.S.T.'s Seven Days of Falling, Don Friedman's My Favorite Things, and lots of others, too numerous to name. This, my friends, is among the very best, if not the absolute best of the lot.

These three players, leader Enirco Pieranunzi (piano), Charlie Haden (bass), and Paul Motian (drums) connect with a depth and magic found only among the greatest practitioners of the jazz art. All performers at the very pinnacle of accomplishment, they converse and interact with an ease and sharpness of music wit that shines forth from the first notes out of the speakers. Some groups work by virtue of new territory they carve out; some work by sheer exuberance and vitality. These guys excel at the subtlest but most profound musical give-and-take. They listen with uncanny precision, they answer with deft commentary, building on each other's statements, expanding, clarifying, moving musical speech in a new and fruitful direction.

There's a certain drollness in Pieranunzi's playing, almost sounding lazy if it weren't so scalpel-precise. The way he dances around time, melody, harmony, dynamics lulls the unwary into, perhaps, thinking he's a slacker, not paying attention. But when he wraps it all up with a long-withheld, teased-out, perfectly structured phrase, who's the one with egg on his face, Mr. Performer or Mr. Listener?

A note about Paul Motian. I admit, he DOES take a little getting used to, especially in such a sonically spare setting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice stuff, but not a lot of character June 4, 2005
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Pieranunzi is a top-notch pianist in a post-Bill Evans, post-Herbie Hancock vein, but without a lot of distinguishing features to set him apart. The results here are beautiful & satisfying jazz but not especially memorable. The album was planned as a ballad session, & after the first couple tracks ("My Old Flame" & "You've Changed") I was fearing this would be a wallow, but Pieranunzi's originals are altogether more sharp-edged & distinctive, especially the angular melody of "Secret Nights" & the tribute to Paul Motian "Mo-Ti". Charlie Haden's three originals are as you'd expect from him a lovely but sentimental lot, the best being "Nightfall", which seems to be a close cousin to Bill Evans' "Turn Out the Stars" (the same initial gesture: a repeated simple phrase over two progressively more downbeat cadences).

If you're looking for a lovely piano trio album, look no further. But it's not exactly an album that stands out from the mass of accomplished piano trio albums out there--I'm inclined to say, why bother with this when you can get an album by someone like Kenny Barron or Fred Hersch which might have a little more pep & surprise to it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars magical encounter January 2, 2008
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Magical , melodic, imaginative, jazz at its best - for day drive or night reading, for a good drink or love making
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