Rick Germanson: Any Thoughts?


Any Thoughts?


Rick Germanson (piano)


Off the Cuff (Owl 000127)

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Rick Germanson (piano), Gerald Cannon (bass), Louis Hayes (drums).

Composed by Rick Germanson


Recorded: Brooklyn NY, January 6-7 2009


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Germanson got the inspiration to write this crisp little tune from his time as a sideman for Pat Martino; he heard “lower register chordal voicings” regularly from gigs with the guitar legend. Sure enough, the chords hewn closer to the left side of the piano than the right, and the motif is a little dark and enigmatic. Hayes, whose sure and steady swing kept Cannonball on time some forty years ago, lives up to own legend, supplying the power behind Germanson sinewy yet eloquent right hand cogitations.

Rounded out by Cannon’s businesslike bass, “Any Thoughts?” causes me think that Germanson’s trio is a cohesive and articulate group that makes listening to this straight-ahead piano jazz a gratifying experience.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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