Denny Zeitlin: My Shining Hour


My Shining Hour


Denny Zeitlin (piano)


Live at the Trident (Sony Japan SICP 972)

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Denny Zeitlin (piano), Charlie Haden (bass), Jerry Granelli (drums).

Composed by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen


Recorded: The Trident, Sausalito, CA March 22-24, 1964


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

The Denny Zeitlin trio was one of the most important jazz combos from the 1960s -- but the execs at the Columbia label (now part of Sony) seem intent on keeping most of this vibrant music out-of-print and unavailable. Zeitlin had assimilated the breakthroughs of the previous decade, from the impressionism of Bill Evans to the free-fall explorations of Ornette Coleman, and blended them into a personal style that anticipated the next fifteen years of keyboard advances. He stood out from the crowd for the unbridled creativity of his work, the richness of his harmonic palette, and the sheer beauty of his piano tone. I finally replaced my scratchy LP of Live at the Trident with an expensive CD import from Japan. But the music has never been made available on CD in the U.S. The same is true of Zeitlin's exceptional Zeitgeist release from 1966. Will somebody open up the vault and let the music out? Fans who seek out these rarities will be rewarded with piano trio music of the highest level.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 Bill Barnes // Mar 30, 2009 at 11:02 PM
    This is so exciting! I remember hearing this album and Dr. Zeitlin's intense, break-neck version of Shining Hour back in '71 and was blown away by the man's playing. Then, I couldn't ever find it on CD (My LP was lost or stolen). Thanks for reviving a wonderful musical memory.