Stefano Bollani: Don't Talk
Stefano Bollani (piano)
Piano Solo (ECM 1964 B0007150-02)
Stefano Bollani (piano).
Composed by Brian Wilson.
Recorded: Lugano, Switzerland, August 2005
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
An Italian jazz pianist recording an old Brian Wilson Beach Boys song for his German record company . . . Donít you love the global village? But I am an ardent admirer of Wilsonís compositions (full admission: Wilson and I grew up in the same neighborhood, albeit a few years apart), and wonder why jazz players donít cover his tunes more often. Bollani can be formidable on the keyboard, but he tones it down on ďDonít Talk,Ē and his ruminative moodiness is perfect for this tune. Surf must be up on the Adriatic, but the waves here are gentle and the water warm and inviting. Don't talk . . . listen.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia