May 2011

Dave Miller Trio

Pianist Dave Miller teams with fellow jazz vets Mario Suraci on bass and Bill Belasco on drums for a set of lightly and politely swinging mainstream jazz. From the opening strains of Gerry Mulligan’s jaunty “Line for Lyons” to Jimmy Van Heusen’s harmonically rich “I Thought About You,” Terry Gibbs’ sprightly “Peaches” and Duke Ellington’s coy “Just Squeeze Me,” the course is strictly straight-ahead. Some surprises here include a poignant reading of the Lennon-McCartney ballad “In My Life,” an interpretation of Harold Land’s Afro-Cuban-flavored “Rapture” and a clever 4/4 take on Sammy Fain’s waltzing “Alice in Wonderland,” a Disney tune closely associated with Dave Brubeck.

Originally published in May 2011
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