Rave Tesar: The Scale Song


The Scale Song


Rave Tesar (piano)


You Decide (Tesar Music)

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Rave Tesar (piano),

Kermit Driscoll (bass), Bill Tesar (drums)


Composed by Rave Tesar


Recorded: New York, April 2006


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Since the 1980s, pianist and composer Rave Tesar has been an in-demand New York City session player. You Decide is a straight-ahead jazz exercise on which he and the highly capable Kermit Driscoll and Bill Tesar display some rather impressive and imaginative chops.

"The Scale Song" could easily turn into a piano standard. It is that good. Tesar's opening Brubeck-like chords provide the perfect counterpoint to his following upper-register single-note runs that sound nothing like Brubeck. A short "Moon River" quote or two finds its way into his stylish improvisation. Tesar has a light and swinging George Shearing touch in his chord playing and in his right hand. Tesar's brother keeps a gentle rein on his drumming while adding the needed textures with his brushes. Driscoll adroitly doubles much of the melody on upright. These guys are seasoned pros that know how to handle a melody. This trio's playing is of the highest caliber. Tesar's fine compositions deserve nothing less.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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