Uri Caine belongs to the generation of jazz musicians whose ears have been bathed at least as much in rock and pop as in jazz and classical. No wonder, then, that in this solo record the only tunes he didn't write are a standard and a Beatles song. "Blackbird" has been covered by many jazz musicians, of course, but Caine's rendition is highly influenced by his classical background. He uses his impressive mastery of the keyboard in an utterly playful way, transforming the well-known melody into ever-changing rhythmic and harmonic shapes in front of our stunned ears.
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