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BESPOKE MAN'S NARRATIVE

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  • Audio CD (March 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • ASIN: B0085J42XY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Carl W. Sundstrom on April 2, 2013
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I recently heard a cut from this CD on our local San Diego jazz station and I was immediately impressed. I bought the CD from Amazon and the whole CD was even better than the little bit I had heard on the radio. There is nothing better in jazz, in my mind, than the basic trio; however, when the vibraphone is added, it becomes even better. Think of the MJQ to confirm this. All players in this CD album are excellent musicians. Bassist David Wong has some fine solos; drummer Rodney Green tastefully drives the trio and quartet reminding me of Philly Joe Jones; and vibraphonist Warren Wolf's playing is reminiscent of the great Milt Jackson but he is not a copycat. And the leader, Aaron Diehl, really swings. The whole CD is straight ahead bebop. It is beautiful music and the quartet and the trio (The vibes are not present in every tune.) play as if they can read the minds of the others in the group.

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.
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Nobody has interpreted "Moonlight in Vermont" like this. It works and works well, as do the rest of the song on the CD. Aaron Diehl is someone to pay attention to either by himself or with Cecile McLorin Salvant. He will grow into a force on the jazz scene, giving great joy to all who take the time to listen.
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While I share a good deal of the positive thoughts expressed by other reviewers, I do so to a lesser degree.

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.
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Columbus, Ohio's Aaron Diehl is a true rising star in Jazz. His keyboard playing is elegant and powerful, yet not overstated. I've been a fan of Aaron's work for a few years now, as I happen to stream an FM station from his home town that often plays cuts from this album, so I decided to jump in and purchase it. I'm glad I did. He's a solid Jazz artist, and this is a truly excellent Jazz album.

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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Bespoke he is on that cover picture. Aaron Diehl is one of the best more or less recent arrivals on the piano scene with the capabilities to play just about anything. There seems to be somewhat of a mainstream revival going on and he fits right in. If you are unfamiliar with his work check some samples from YouTube where he has a channel. There is an elegance to his playing (especially with Warren Wolf) that very nicely echos the Modern Jazz Quartet.
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This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful jazz recordings I have ever heard. Although Aaron Diehl is a very young pianist, still in his twenties, this record has a classic feel harking back to the Modern Jazz Quartet. That is what sprang to my mind when I first listened, then I read that they were a particular inspiration to him. It is the clarity as well as the classical interface (he plays his version of Le Tombeau de Couperin, no less) that gives this impression. Otherwise the program is a mixture of classic jazz tunes (I particularly love any jazz recording that includes a piece from Porgy and Bess) and the pianist's own compositions which blend seamlessly to provide a sublime hour + of listening.
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