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03/22/12

Stranahan, Zaleski, Rosato
Anticipation

Drummer and Denver native Colin Stranahan, the son of a jazz educator, has been seriously swinging since his startling 2004 debut, Dreams Untold, recorded when he was just 17 years old. On Anticipation, he joins with pianist Glenn Zaleski and bassist Rick Rosato for a program of modern swinging piano jazz marked by sophisticated harmonies, hip time displacement, and metric modulation on the kit. Their radical reimaginings of “All the Things You Are” and “I Should Care” show the cohesion of this renegade unit, while their faithful rendition of “Boplicity,” underscored by Stranahan’s supple brushwork, reveals a reverence for the tradition. Other highlights include Zaleski’s jaunty and angular Monk-meets-Brubeck number “On the Road”; Rosato’s intricate, rhythmically shifting “Origami”; and Stranahan’s gorgeous, Zen-like “First Rain,” which finds him deftly playing textural colorist with brushes.

Originally published in March 2012
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