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Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter, Peter Erskine - Standards (2007) [Post-Bop]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter, Peter Erskine - Standards (2007) [Post-Bop]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 31 May 2020, 17:37

Artist: Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter, Peter Erskine
Album: Standards
Genre: Post-Bop
Label: Fuzzy Music
Released: 2007
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. The Way You Look Tonight (Kern-Fields) - 9:06
  2. Dear Old Stockholm (Trad.) - 7:47
  3. Deep in a Dream (Van Heusen-DeLange) - 6:10
  4. Con Alma (Gillespie) - 6:31
  5. It Never Entered My Mind (Rodgers-Hart) - 6:29
  6. Speak Low (Weill-Nash) - 6:27
  7. I'm Glad There Is You (Dorsey-Mertz) - 5:01
  8. I Hear a Rhapsody (Fragos-Baker-Gasparre) - 5:42
  9. I'm Old Fashioned (Kern-Mercer) - 6:03
  10. I Could Have Danced All Night (Lerner-Loewe) - 6:48


  • Alan Pasqua - piano
  • Dave Carpenter - bass
  • Peter Erskine - drums

Alan Pasqua rises to the challenge of finding new ways to explore ten familiar songs. The veteran pianist's work is complemented by bassist Dave Carpenter and drummer Peter Erskine, sounding more like a trio on a roll in a live performance than one working in a studio, possibly because it was recorded live with just two microphones. There's a touch of Bill Evans at first in Pasqua's interpretation of "The Way You Look Tonight," but he quickly moves into a more personal style, making great use of space and featuring his talented sidemen, too. The traditional Swedish folk song "Dear Old Stockholm" was popularized in jazz by Stan Getz, but Pasqua's introspective, deeply lyrical interpretation proves every bit as compelling. Erskine sets up Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" with an infectious Latin beat, with Pasqua playing sparse chords rather than the complete theme, backed by Carpenter's abstract bassline. The percolating post-bop arrangement of "I Hear a Rhapsody" and jaunty take of "I'm Old Fashioned" also leave lasting impressions. Alan Pasqua and company have set a high standard for themselves to match on their future projects together.
Review by Ken Dryden

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