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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CD Review: Accidental Tourists - The L.A. Sessions.

Markus Berger (pno); Joe LaBarbera (dms); Bob Magnusson (bs)
(Review by Lance.).
German born, Santa Monica based, Markus Berger is, like so many of today's jazz people, classically trained and it shows in his impeccable renditions of his own and other's compositions. Jazzwise his overriding influence is Bill Evans. In years to come, possibly the Evans' persuasion will be the guiding light for contemporary pianists even more so than say Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett or Herbie Hancock.

Certainly Berger has assimilated much of Bill Evans but there's also hints of Debussy and Bach in there too.
Magnusson is one of today's bass giants - listen to him on Old Country - and LaBarbera, having worked with Evans, knows exactly what to lay down in a trio setting. In particular his brushwork is outstanding. 
I may perhaps have spent too long on Bill Evans but, although it is there, Berger is still very much his own man and his playing on this, his ninth album, displays a technique and a feeling for the music comparable with any of his contemporaries.
Accidental Tourists - The L.A. Sessions (Challenge Records CR73332) is the first of what Burger hopes will be a series.
Lance.

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