John Taylor: Tramonto

Track

Tramonto

Artist

John Taylor (piano)

CD

Rosslyn (ECM 1751)

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Musicians:

John Taylor (piano), Marc Johnson (bass), Joey Baron (drums).

Composed by Ralph Towner

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Recorded: Oslo, April 2002

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Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Unlike many other pianists, John Taylor doesnt rely on a regular trio, and the magical atmosphere he creates on this first recording with Johnson and Baron is all the more impressive because one knows these three musicians dont play much together. Of course the British pianist and the American rhythm team are all top-level musicians, but an all-star group is rarely a guarantee of good music. And when one deals with a composition employing a lot of space and no real solos, like this one, the ability to listen to each other, to pay attention to small sonic details and to internalize the swing at a slow tempo are key elements. In such cases, empathy is often more important that sheer virtuosity, and here both are obviously present.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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