Denny Zeitlin: Solo Voyage (Suite)


Solo Voyage (Suite)


Denny Zeitlin (piano, synthesizer)


Solo Voyage (MaxJazz 213)

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Denny Zeitlin (piano, synthesizer).

“In Your Own Sweet Way” composed by Dave Brubeck; “I Should Care” composed by Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl and Paul Weston; “Lament” composed by J.J. Johnson; all other compositions in this suite by Denny Zeitlin


Recorded: Kentfield, CA, April 2003


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

For a decade (1968-1978), pianist Denny Zeitlin extensively explored the world of synthesizers and electric keyboards. This resulted in two ambitious "fusion" albums (Expansion and Syzygy for the 1750 Arch label) and culminated in his electric/acoustic/orchestral score for the remake of the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. After 1978, he refocused his concentration on the piano.

In this suite, originally put together to comfort a dying friend, Zeitlin combined original material, free improvisations, and three standards ("In Your Own Sweet Way," "I Should Care," and "Lament"). "Solo Voyage"--played on both piano and synthesizer--is an effective and affecting work that makes a strong case for creative eclecticism. At least, when it's executed with the taste and sensitivity exhibited here.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner

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