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John Pizzarelli - Live At Birdland

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Download links and information about John Pizzarelli - Live At Birdland by John Pizzarelli. This album was released in 2003 and it belongs to Jazz genres. It contains 36 tracks with total duration of 02:11:53 minutes.

Artist: John Pizzarelli
Release date: 2003
Genre: Jazz
Tracks: 36
Duration: 02:11:53
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. Introduction 0:06
2. Just You, Just Me 4:41
3. The Frim Fram Sauce 5:31
4. This Song Is You 6:16
5. Isn't It a Pity? 4:14
6. Rhode Island Intro 1:04
7. Rhode Island 3:45
8. Ray Kennedy: Library of Congress Story 4:13
9. Gospel Truth 5:22
10. Ray Kennedy: Dizzy Gillespie Story 3:14
11. Tea for Tatum 5:05
12. James Taylor Intro 1 0:11
13. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight 3:14
14. James Taylor Intro 2 1:02
15. Mean Old Man 3:49
16. Manhattan 4:12
17. Rosemary Clooney Story 2:31
18. Moonlight Becomes You 3:18
19. Final Intro 0:29
20. Will You Still Be Mine? 4:24
21. Introduction 0:20
22. Three Little Words 4:30
23. They Can't Take That Away from Me 6:04
24. Oh, How My Heart Beats for You 4:27
25. The Day I Found You 3:09
26. Polliwog Story 1:44
27. It's Only a Paper Moon 7:41
28. Stompin' At the Savoy 4:44
29. Better Run Before It's Spring 3:40
30. Grover Kemble Story 2:55
31. Headed Out to Vera's 3:55
32. Medley: Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You / Baby, Baby All the Time / Midnight Blue 5:29
33. I Like Jersey Best Intro 0:57
34. I Like Jersey Best 8:28
35. My Castle's Rockin' 3:55
36. Baby Just Come Home to Me 3:14

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This is a wonderful, warm-hearted, and effortlessly virtuosic live recording by one of the finest living exponents of pre-bop small-ensemble jazz. With pianist Ray Kennedy and bassist Martin Pizzarelli (and on two songs joined by vocalist Grover Kemble), singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli runs through a generally lightweight but thoroughly charming set of standards, homages, funny stories, and the occasional original tune; the fast tunes are light and frothy, the ballads smooth and gentle, and even the moments that are less than utterly inspired work together with the album's highlights to create a very satisfying whole. John Pizzarelli has a suit sponsor, which tells you something about what to expect of him as a singer: his voice is smooth and warm, offering a nice combination of Chet Baker's timbre and Dean Martin's fullness; as a guitarist you need to know that he favors seven-string guitars and flat-wound strings, leading him naturally to a swinging Django Reinhardt-meets-Freddie Green kind of sound. As for the trio's instrumentation, it's true that when you can comp with this kind of authority you don't technically need a drummer. But on a few tracks a drummer would have filled out the band's sound nicely. Highlights include the group's fun, slightly greasy take on "Frim Fram Sauce" and a great ode to Art Tatum called "Tea for Tatum," as well as a fine original blues composition titled "Headed Out to Vera's." Pizzarelli's own "Oh, How My Heart Beats for You" and "Day I Found You" are also wonderful. But the album's standout track is a limpidly gorgeous rendition of another original, "Better Run Before It's Spring." Pizzarelli is obviously having a blast in the intimate setting of the legendary Birdland club, and so will any jazz lover who takes the time to listen. Very highly recommended.