Leslie Pintchik – Quartets (2007)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:29 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 3,17 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,2 GB
In the follow-up to her debut trio recording, “So Glad To Be Here”, pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik returns on her second SACD “Quartets” with two different quartets. The powerful band-mates from her debut album return – Scott Hardy on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion. Added to the mix on the new release are the superb – and deservedly acclaimed – saxophonist Steve Wilson, as well as the exceptional drummer Mark Dodge. The project, which once again features Pintchik’s strong original compositions, as well as three unusual arrangements of well-known standards, packs a rich array of feeling into 56 minutes. All the extraordinary color and nuances of the two different quartets are captured beautifully using Sony’s Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology. “Quartets” is released as a multichannel Hybrid SACD, featuring a 5.0 surround sound mix, along with the standard stereo mix.
Leslie Pintchik, on this, her second recording as a leader, presents two different quartets that surround her delicate, lithe, and grammatical piano. Two rearranged standards kick off the disc with the first foursome, a piano-bass-drums trio plus percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. The opener is an emotionally reversed “Happy Days Are Here Again” which is contradictorily modal, dark, and skeptical. “Too Close for Comfort” uses choppy phrases and a Brazilian undercoat. They are both unusual in style and stance, identifying Pintchik as a sly, after midnight romantic. The other quartet is a rhythm section with saxophonist Steve Wilson, who shines especially on a serpentine and fanciful soprano during some interesting rhythm changes on “Over Easy” and the pensive, light “Private Moments,” both originals of the leader. His horn is straight, but that is not the way he plays it. There are more slight samba insertions on the song “Fugu” and the simple, intimate “Small Pleasures.” A combo tune of “Somewhere/Berimbau” combines the modal and Latin elements Pintchik favors, the former a crystalline entity accented by Takeshi’s tinkling little instruments, moving into a forward thinking end piece and coda that puts a perfect period on the date. Both quartets offer reflective and attractive views of a modern jazz that, while not challenging, is consummately professional and coolly rendered. Pintchik states a quiet, lovely restraint that is at once philosophical and impressionistic, all indicative of her intended career as an English literature teacher before the jazz bug bit.
01. Happy Days Are Here Again
02. Too Close For Comfort
03. A Simpler Time
04. Not So Fast
05. Over Easy
06. Private Moment
08. Small Pleasures
Recorded at Sear Sound Studios, New York.
Leslie Pintchik – Piano
Scott Hardy – Bass
Mark Dodge – Drums
Satoshi Takeishi – Percussion (tracks 1,2,3,7,9)
Steve Wilson – Alto & Soprano Sax (tracks 4,5,6,8)