John Pizzarelli: This Can't Be Love


This Can't Be Love


John Pizzarelli (guitar, vocals)


With a Song in My Heart (Telarc 83676)

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John Pizzarelli (guitar, vocals), Larry Fuller (piano), Martin Pizzarelli (bass), Tony Tedesco (drums), John Mosca (trombone), Andy Fusco (reeds), Kenny Berger (reeds), Tony Kadleck (trumpet).

Arranged by Don Sebesky. Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart


Recorded: New York, February 19-20, 2008


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

John Pizzarelli is a jazz guitarist born in 1960. His father Bucky Pizzarelli is a jazz guitarist born in 1926. But John may be even more old-fashioned than dear old dad, crafting a style that is distinctly retro and with no pretensions to keeping up with the times. Here the younger Pizzarelli resurrects a song that was composed before his father even started his professional career, and plays it with perfect sympathy for the words and music. Don Sebesky contributes a simple but very effective chart, and the band plays it with a jaunty swing groove that is as comfortable as a first-class seat on an old Pan Am Clipper. This is not the next new thing, just the old tried and true. But Pizzarelli is a charming performer, and has pulled it all together on this solid track.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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