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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CD Review: Gianni Bianchini - Type 1

Gianni Bianchini (piano/vocals); Jason Marsalis (perc.); Richard Mikel (bass); Brandon Guerra (drums) + Karen Tennison (vocals).
(Review by Lance).
Not, as I'd falsely assumed, recorded in the heart of Rome but in Austin, Texas, by Floridian pianist cum singer Bianchini. 
A fine debut album.
A choice selection of GASbook items that reveal Bianchini to be a pianist of some standing. Although there's some Bill Evans in there, the overall impression is of Peterson in full flight tempered with Bianchini's own input.
A good combination!

My Romance, Time AfterTime, The Way You Look Tonight - the opening three tracks - has Bianchini setting down his piano stall with each one a 'must have'!
Then there's a vocal - our man is no slouch in that department either. Jimmy Van Heusen's I Could Have Told You So combines superb interpretation of the lyric and sympathetic piano accompaniment.
A swinging My Heart Stood Still stopped my heart from being anything but still! Big fat chords and rippling runs didn't do any harm either!.
The big fat chords and the rippling runs also featured on the vocal, Oh Look at me Now. Nice bass solo and some drum/piano fours added to the ambiance.
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise: straight ahead swing with lots of drive from bass, drums, percussion and, natch, piano. More fours.
I Wish I Knew brings Karen Tennison to the vocal mic. Scatting the Mack Gordon/Harry Warren tune into the 21st century, the girl does good only to be matched by Bianchini's solo. Nevertheless, the lady comes back and takes it out on a high with honours even.
A Foggy Day has the pianist in a more reflective mood. A gentle groove that sees a little bit Garner in the mix and some punchy drumming.
I'm Old Fashioned: A Jerome Kern tune, a Johnny Mercer lyric, a fine vocal and some outstanding piano driven by a rhythm section to die for - what more can I say 'cept, Shangri-la!
Peri's Scope (Periscope on CD!) is different from Bill Evans' take yet loses nothing by comparision.
Two For the Road; A reflective piece by Henry Mancini.
A near-perfect CD. Near? Which artistic incompetent decided to display the text as gray on gray? Now, whilst there may be 40 shades of gray, there are only 2 here and so close as to be almost indistinguishable!
Still, the music speaks for itself.
Highly recommended.
Lance.

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