New York Trio – Blues In The Night (2001) [Japan 2014]
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After Bill Charlap was “discovered” by the Japanese independent Venus Records with his wonderful debut album for the label ‘S Wonderful, he signed with Blue Note. Because of the contract terms, Charlap’s name can no longer apper prominently on albums he records for Venus. Hence the anonymous moniker “New York Trio”. But make no mistake. This is Bill Charlap’s trio. And what a trio! Veteran Jay Leonhart’s bass sounds deep, lyrical and authoritative, and cutting-edge drummer Bill Stewart’s surprisingly traditional drumming brings a unique tension to this group. This unusual trio has recorded six albums for Venus Records at the pace of one each year, and this is their first of the celebrated series. One of the best interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Charlap dazzles us with his beautiful touch and tone, faithful rendering of original melodies and subtle addition of modern sensibilities. Selections are mostly medium to slow tempo ballads. As the title suggests, this is clearly music for the night.
In the dawn of the 21st century, pianist Bill Charlap took the jazz world by storm with a series of rewarding albums for labels both in the U.S. and abroad. On Blues in the Night, he leads his New York Trio in a recording made for the Japanese label Venus, with veteran bassist Jay Leonhart and fellow young gun Bill Stewart joining him. Right away Charlap signals that he can take an old chestnut into a new direction. His stretched-out, blues-drenched “Blues in the Night” makes effective use of space and showcases his sidemen as well. Leonhart’s buoyant bassline brings to mind the late Milt Hinton in the brisk rendition of “I Could Have Danced All Night.” Charlap’s intense workout of “Blue Skies” is a virtual jazz history lesson, showing the influence of a number of legendary pianists, while achieving a sound distinctly his own. His loping, jaunty approach to “My Funny Valentine” is another winner; equally playful is the snappy waltz treatment of “Tenderly,” accented by Stewart’s brushwork. One of the most promising pianists of his generation, this Charlap album is highly recommended.
01. Blues In The Night
02. I Could Have Danced All Night
03. Blue Skies
04. You Better Go Now
05. My Funny Valentine
07. Embraceable You
08. Don’t Explain
Bill Charlap – piano
Jay Leonhart – bass
Bill Stewart – drums
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Katherine Miller.
Recorded at “The Studio” in New York on June 7 and 8, 2001.