Dave Frank: Snow Falls on 5th Ave.
Snow Falls on 5th Ave.
Dave Frank (piano)
Turning It Loose (Jazzheads JH 1165)
Dave Frank (piano).
Composed by Dave Frank.
Recorded: New York, April 2007 and May 2008
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Solo piano recordings are daring endeavors. Without a supporting cast, few musicians can generate both the harmonic interest and rhythmic variation necessary for sustained listening. With a nod to the notable players who preceded him in such efforts, pianist, composer and educator Dave Frank explores the nuances and complexities of solo piano techniques to create his own approach on this album. In his beautiful composition "Snow Falls on 5th Ave.," Frank shows his reflective side with emotive playing and a penchant for a fine melody in all its simplicity and timelessness. The sensitivity that swells from this song is inspiring and delightful. While other songs on the CD showcase his formidable technique, it is the simple beauty of this not quite 4-minute song that speaks volumes of what this pianist can communicate to the listener. Pure magic.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello