Jazz Arts Trio: Freeway




Jazz Arts Trio


Tribute (JRI Recordings J124)

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Frederick Moyer (piano),

Peter Tillotson (bass), Peter Fraenkel (drums)


Composed by Vince Guaraldi


Recorded: Acton, MA, August and December 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

This track is an interesting "re-construction." That is, the Jazz Arts Trio decided to pay tribute not by performing their own renditions of the tunes, but by transcribing them and recording the note-for-note transcriptions. So right down to the piano riffs, bass inflections and brush strokes, Vince Guaraldi's "Freeway" comes back to life. For those familiar only with Guaraldi's classic music for Charlie Brown/ Peanuts, it might be a little surprising when the Thelonious Monk influences come shining through. Surely the blues was not unknown to Guaraldi, but an edge too? I have to admit that the idea of re-creating music in this manner was a little off-putting, but the result has far more energy than I expected.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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