Enrico Pieranunzi: My Funny Valentine
My Funny Valentine
Enrico Pieranunzi (piano)
No Man's Land (Soul Note 121221-2)
Enrico Pieranunzi (piano),
Marc Johnson (bass), Steve Houghton (drums).
Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
Recorded: May 3-4, 1989
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
It will take more than a minute before Pieranunzi and his U.S. partners play the theme of this song, taken at higher than usual speed. Before that, they toy around with bits of the melody and with the harmony while building a highly romantic atmosphere. Refined piano phrasing, subtle cymbal touch and supple basslines weave a strong and delicate network around the theme before it is exposed, then diluted again during the improvisation process. Some will see here Bill Evans's influence on Pieranunzi. Others will remember that the Italian pianist had also been a companion of Chet Baker, one of the all-time greatest suitors of "Funny Valentine."
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum