Uri Caine: Cheek to Cheek


Cheek to Cheek


Uri Caine (piano)


Live at the Village Vanguard (Winter & Winter 910 102-2)

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Uri Caine (piano),

Drew Gress (bass), Ben Perowsky (drums)


Composed by Irving Berlin


Recorded: New York, May 23-25, 2003


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Even if he does let us recognize bits of this evergreen, Uri Caine toys with it from the beginning with little regard for the melody. The piano dives into the improvisation process right away, and the rhythm team pushes him along with great vigor. When Caine finally slows down and lets Perowky solo, it comes as a welcome relief after more than five minutes of breathless virtuosity. This performance is obviously remarkable, but its 9-minute length and intensity are typical of what the listener can appreciate much better live than at home.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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