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05/22/12

Piero Odorici
WIth the Cedar Walton Trio
Savant

Veteran tenor saxophonist Piero Odorici, an in-demand player on the European jazz scene, makes an impressive showing on his Stateside debut. Accompanied by Cedar Walton and the pianist’s regular working rhythm tandem of bassist David Williams and drummer Willie Jones III, Odorici exhibits a bold tone and strong, fluid lines on his Trane-inspired modal number “Casadias,” Jones’ beautiful ballad “For Someone So Beautiful” and an exuberantly swinging take on “Over the Rainbow.” He again channels John Coltrane on his lyrical interpretation of “My One and Only Love,” accentuated by Jones’ sensitive yet swinging brushwork. There’s a touch of Sonny Rollins in his buoyant playing on Williams’ calypso-flavored “Native Son” and a bit of swagger on Walton’s breezy swinger “Willie’s Groove.” At 50, Odorici is no Young Lion. But for Stateside jazz fans, he’s an exciting new discovery.

Originally published in May 2012
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