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PIERO ODORICI

with the Cedar Walton Trio

Savant SCD2115

 

 


1. Casadias (P.Odorici)[6:55]; 2. For Someone So Beautiful (Willie Jones III)[3:19]; 3. Over the Rainbow (H.Arlen & Y.Harburg)[6:15]; 4. Tin Tin Deo (W.Fuller & L.Gonzales)[8:21]; 5. My One and Only Love (R.Mellin & G.Wood)[7:52]; 6. Native Son (D.Williams)[6:13]; 7. Willie’s Groove (C.Walton) [5:29]; 8. If I Should Lose You (R.Rainger & L.Robin)[6:47]

Piero Odorici (tenor saxophone), Cedar Walton (piano), David Williams (bass), Willie Jones III (drums)

rec. at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ, USA on May 11, 2011. Engineer: Tom Tedesco

SCD2115 [51:11]

 

Some of the great things about jazz are the levels of generosity and inclusivity practised by musicians and this disc is a good example. Cedar Walton is one of the greatest exponents of jazz piano and his trio have recorded many discs. Cedar himself, now aged 78, has played with the likes of Donald Byrd, Sonny Criss, John Coltrane, JJ Johnson and Wayne Shorter, and was a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the early 1960s. Cedar was introduced to Italian tenor saxophonist Piero Odorici in the early 1980s and has played with him in Europe on every European tour since then. It was his idea to make a disc with Piero and his trio and once the Savant Records Inc. gave the go ahead the musicians decided to split the tunes into 4 standards and one each by each musician and there we have it. First off is a Piero Odorici composition Casadias a latin inspired tune and one you think you’ve heard before but couldn’t have. Cedar introduces the tune accompanied by bass and drums before Piero enters and we witness for the first time his singing line and gutsy soulful sound that serves the tune so well before Cedar takes the tune back for some great out of tempo piano which is my favourite style and this number finishes with all members of the quartet giving it their all – great stuff! For Someone So Beautiful by drummer Willie Jones III is a lovely gentle laid back ballad which has Piero weaving a dialogue with the others that is as beautiful as the “someone” in the title. Over the Rainbow must be one of the most covered songs in all music and I often revolt against them because they rarely do the original any service in my opinion messing about with the tempo as they do. However, that’s the case when it’s sung, whereas in this example the fact that it’s an instrumental makes all the difference and what results is a fine achievement by all concerned. Tin Tin Deo, a really great jazz standard is treated to a nice upbeat version with Odorici dominating the opening, floating over the trio before leaving Cedar to give a neat solo with accompaniment from Jones before he gets his spot for some real quality drumming then handing back to Odorici for the finish. My One and Only Love is another beautiful ballad which allows our Italian guest to show his skill in using his horn to sing the melody with Cedar and David Williams each giving very satisfying solos. It’s a Williams original next and Native Son shows his compositional abilities with a nice up-tempo tune with Caribbean overtones with a nod to Gershwin along the way and Williams providing a solid background to the others which includes some brilliant stick work from Mr Jones III and with Piero carrying the main melody. Cedar Walton’s contribution comes next with Willie’s Groove that has Odorici and the man himself alternating as chief tune holder but with David Williams giving a nice walking bass spot. The final offering is If I Should Lose You which receives a more up-tempo treatment than normally heard with each band member sharing the honours in delivering a fine ending to this enjoyable and happy sounding showcase for a talented Italian sax player who, it is hoped, will as a result of this exposure, get the recognition he clearly richly deserves.

Steve Arloff



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