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When I consider buying a CD I usually look for at least a few of the great jazz standards and in this CD there are four wonderful old tunes. I am a UVM graduate and "Moonlight in Vermont" has special meaning for me. The version in this CD is beautiful and different from any take on this tune I have ever heard. "The Cylinder," a oft-recorded MJQ tune is also remarkable. The other two standards, "Single Petal of a Rose" and "Bess, You is My Woman Now" are truly outstanding.
In conclusion I would say that this CD is one of the very best CD's that I have run across in several years. I will have to put it up there with any of the great jazz CD's of the past. Buy this CD. I know you will enjoy it. Unfortunately, the only other music by Aaron Diehl I could find was a CD costing $99.00, and some other of his music that is only available in MP-3 format. That was not what I was hoping to find. But, I can look forward to another offering in CD format by this group which I hope will happen soon.
The four musicians are all talented and throughout this disc sound like they're enjoying both each other's company and what they're playing. If I still lived in New York and these guys were gigging, I'd definitely check them out. If they played the set that's on this recording, I'd walk out happy and feeling that I'd gotten my money's worth.
That said, here are my reasons for three stars rather than four.
First, half the disc is made up originals by the pianist, and they're simply nowhere nearly as good as the five tunes that have been around a while. Quite frankly, it would be surprising if tunes written by a talented, 26-year-old up-and-comer were as good as tried and true classics, so this is not a big knock. I do question the strategy of taking up half a debut recording with original tunes, but hey, none of the other reviewers minded, so I'm out of the mainstream on this point. I won't be buying any more of Mr. Diehl's discs that include so many of his own tunes, however. Back in the day, young bloods made their bones showing you what they could do with tunes from the jazz canon. I think that approach was better for all involved.
Second, the drums are way too out in front, doing way too much, way too often for my taste. Busy busy busy.
Third, in my opinion sometimes the solos go on a bit too long. One of the marks of a seasoned jazz player is he/she knows when he/she has stopped saying something worthwhile. This is another thing that happens more to younger players, so again it's not a big knock, it just keeps me from being enthusiastic without qualification.Read more ›
There are some truly elegant and surprising cuts, and some very standard Jazz offerings on this album. It's a superb first offering and I'm glad I finally acquired a copy.
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This disc is like a cool breeze on a warm sunny day. Awesome ! Every cut is terrific. Aaron's Fazioli piano rings like a bell, the sound quality is A+, and the quartet is tight. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JC ESQ
Aaron Diehl is a master of the keyboard. His mastery and touch on the ivories is INCREDIBLE & MAGICAL!!!!Published 9 months ago by Carla H. Dilley
Not gonna write an œnophile's flowery review or pretend to be a high-end jazz critic.
If you don't have this album, you're missing out!
My first album of Aaron Diehl. Wonderful. complex, interesting. I will be following him. He is the pianist for Cecile McLorin Salvant, an excellent and diverse singer, on her CD... Read morePublished 21 months ago by bryce MT
Fabulous music ... then there's the FAZIOLI ......... tpPublished on July 31, 2014 by Terence E Patterson
This is the first recording I have purchased by Aaron Diehl as a headliner. The performance of Aaron and his fellow musicians was a refreshing. Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by DaveT