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July/August 2005

Riccardo Fioravanti Trio/Bill Evans Project
Bill Evans Project
Abeat Records

Bill Evans' writing and piano solos marvelously combined passion and lyricism. The Riccardo Fioravanti trio has crafted an ideal tribute to Evans, one that honors every aspect of his compositions yet smartly reconfigures them by eliminating the piano from the session. Instead, Fioravanti's deep, rich bass playing and the light, lush style of guitarist Bebo Ferra are a prime reminder of Evans' compositional sensibility, while vibist Andrea Dulbecco's splintering lines and phrases reaffirm an underrated component in the Evans' sound: intensity.

The trio is also careful not to forget about rhythmic flow and texture. Dulbecco is the most animated and percussive of the three players, while Fioravanti constantly shifts responsibilities throughout the 13 selections. Each ensemble member alternates between feature and complimentary roles. Some pieces are duets and others are more individual spotlights than trio works, but the overall presentation highlights a cohesive and unified group salute. The menu includes poignant, well-played renditions of "B Minor Waltz," "Peace Piece" and "In April."

Originally published in July/August 2005
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