Jack Reilly: All the Things You Are
All the Things You Are
Jack Reilly Trio
Live at Dean Clough (Borderline Records)
Jack Reilly (piano),
Dave Green (bass), Stephen Keogh (drums).
Composed by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein III.
Recorded: Live at Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax, UK March 2, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Pianist Jack Reilly continues to delight with his intelligent piano playing. This version of the Jerome Kern standard served as the final encore from a performance by Reilly's trio recorded in the UK last year. This music comes out of the rich Tristano-Evans tradition, which Reilly understands at a very deep level. This trio doesn't jump on any bandwagons or try to impress with its trendiness. Rather, they deliver thoughtful, linear improvisation handled with consummate skill. The recording quality is a mixed bag, with the drums getting lost in the mix, but Reilly's keyboard comes through loud and clear. If life were fair, this artist would not be building his discography with low-visibility indie releases, but would have an ECM or Verve behind him. Maybe we need to get a "musical taste" transplant from the savvy jazz fans in the UK, who have hosted Reilly on three visits since 2002.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia