Sarah Jane Cion
Naxos Jazz 86054-2
A Pond Beneath the Moon
Last Cha-Cha in Longbeach
Waltz for Fall
Blues for Chick
How Long has this been Going on
Solo Piano Medley
I'll Keep Loving You
Ballad of the Sad Young Men
Sarah Jane Cion was unknown to me, before I heard this recording which was
made in New York in June of 1999. She graduated from the New England Conservatory
in 1990 with honours and distinction, both in composition and performance.
She won the 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida.
Seven of the tunes on the album are Sarah Jane's compositions, the other
two are Johnny Mandel's, Moon Song and George Gershwin's, How Long
has this been Going On. The latter is described on the sleeve note as
a little known ballad!
The trio work well together and Chris Potter on Tenor, adds a bit of variety
on Moon Song and Suncycle. Just why SJC has to muck about with
the theme statement on How Long has this been Going On, to the point
where it is unrecognisable I can't imagine.
I am convinced that we have not heard the best of Sarah Jane here, I would
like to hear her with Drummer Billy Hart and Bassist Phil Palombi again,
but this time playing a set of standards and paying at least some respect
to the original compositions.
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