Danilo Perez: Across the Crystal Sea

Track

Across the Crystal Sea

Artist

Danilo Perez (piano)

CD

Across the Crystal Sea (Emarcy 11119)

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Musicians:

Danilo Perez (piano), Christian McBride (bass), Lewis Nash (drums),

Luis Quintero (percussion), Bruce Dukov (concert master)

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Orchestra arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman. Composed by Claus Ogerman based on a theme by Hugo Distler

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Recorded: Los Angeles & New York, September-October, 2007

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Rating: 80/100 (learn more)

Who can comprehend the musical mind of Claus Ogerman? Sometimes he creates orchestral works of near genius. On other occasions, he will dumb down the charts to the level of easy listening goo. His understated, impressionistic moods work best for singers such as Diana Krall or Joćo Gilberto. But the fit with pianist Danilo Perez is less obvious. Perez is a fervent, rhythmically exciting pianist, and seems to combat Ogerman's arrangement on this track, rather than adapt to its smooth stylings. Perez works hard, but he is outnumbered. After all, Ogerman has a whole orchestra at his disposal and Danilo just has his two hands.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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