TP & COMPANY, STEPPE FORWARD

A veteran member of the George Shearing Quintet, vibes player and pianist Ted Piltzecker dives headfirst into a Brazilian flavored set that marries engaging rhythmic interplay to crisp original compositions that ring true for their melodic inventiveness and accessibility. This is feel-good music with bite, highlighted by the percolating rhythm of the title track, a sensitive waltz (“He Sent An Angel”) and the authentic pulse of “Kalunga.” This independently released project is performed by a stellar group of unsung musicians – percussionist Rogeiro Boccato, saxophonist Sam Dillon, bassist Jerad Lippi and Mike Kujawsi on drums. A refreshing rendition of Horace Silver’s, “Nica’s Dream,” serves up an intoxicating beat with a twist of Nino Rota and features a compelling guitarist named Nick Llerandi who nails Piltzecker’s limber arrangement with his gentle, samba-inflected solo. The program lasts a brief 37 minutes but it feels expansive and is masterfully executed. (7 tracks; 37:24 minutes) www.tedvibes.com 
   

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JAZZ IN SPACE: TP & COMPANY, STEPPE FORWARD

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TP & COMPANY, STEPPE FORWARD

A veteran member of the George Shearing Quintet, vibes player and pianist Ted Piltzecker dives headfirst into a Brazilian flavored set that marries engaging rhythmic interplay to crisp original compositions that ring true for their melodic inventiveness and accessibility. This is feel-good music with bite, highlighted by the percolating rhythm of the title track, a sensitive waltz (“He Sent An Angel”) and the authentic pulse of “Kalunga.” This independently released project is performed by a stellar group of unsung musicians – percussionist Rogeiro Boccato, saxophonist Sam Dillon, bassist Jerad Lippi and Mike Kujawsi on drums. A refreshing rendition of Horace Silver’s, “Nica’s Dream,” serves up an intoxicating beat with a twist of Nino Rota and features a compelling guitarist named Nick Llerandi who nails Piltzecker’s limber arrangement with his gentle, samba-inflected solo. The program lasts a brief 37 minutes but it feels expansive and is masterfully executed. (7 tracks; 37:24 minutes) www.tedvibes.com 
   

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