Denny Zeitlin: Broadway Blues


Broadway Blues


Denny Zeitlin (piano)


In The Moment (Windham Hill Jazz 121)

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Denny Zeitlin (piano),

David Friesen (bass)


Composed by Ornette Coleman


Recorded: Procito’s, Tacoma, WA, November 20, 1988


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Denny Zeitlin has long had an affinity for the music of Ornette Coleman, and he is one of several pianists (others including Paul Bley, Walter Norris, Keith Jarrett, Joachim Kuhn, and Geri Allen) who have best assimilated Coleman’s musical language. He has recorded several Coleman works, including “Lonely Woman,” “Bird Food,” and “Turnaround”.

Zeitlin and bassist David Friesen (b. 1942) collaborated productively for over a decade, and this blistering version of Coleman’s “Broadway Blues” shows the duo at their best. The piece is a blues in intent rather than conventional twelve-bar form (in Coleman’s typically idiosyncratic fashion). Zeitlin and Friesen take the theme apart and explore it from a variety of angles— in effect, deconstructing Coleman’s deconstruction.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner

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