Loaded with talent, Joseph Scianni has to be the most underrated pianist in jazz. His exquisite command of the keyboards, original style, and totally compelling solos are matched by few in the arts. Yet, he remains a little-known figure. Thankfully, he is well recorded on the smallish CIMP label, which documents some of the more obscure talent deserving greater recognition. This release includes a series of exquisite duets between Scianni and saxophonist Mark Whitecage (one each on alto and soprano saxophones), cellist Tomas Ulrich, bassist Dominic Duval, and drummer Jay Rosen. If that isn't enough, we are treated to two solo Scianni cuts, plus a longer free improv by the whole group. Every track is a winner, full of surprises, but my favorite, by only a nose, is the remake (with Duval) of Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."
|disc 1 [Moon Flower]|
|2||Black Tie Occasion||0|
|3||Veiw from the Penthouse||0|
|8||Ox Bow Saga||3|
|9||Don't Get Around Much Anymore||0|
|11||Postcard from Sicily||0|
|12||Men in Hats||0|