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Enrico Pieranunzi at Birdland

Enrico Pieranunzi

Fittingly for shows on and around Halloween, there were different Enrico Pieranunzis on display last week at Birdland. The Italian master pianist spent two nights each with two starkly contrasting units: first a trio with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Paul Motian, followed by a Latin-themed quintet with trumpeter Diego Urcola, saxophonist Yosvany Terry, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Antonio Sanchez.

Pieranunzi is not universally known in the States, and this ought to change. His recordings on Soul Note, Challenge and other labels date back to 1980. His output for CAM Jazz in the new century has proved indispensable, and Motian has played a major role, appearing on Fellini Jazz (2003), Special Encounter (2005) and most notably Doorways (2004), an adventurous piano-drum duo session with Chris Potter guesting on three tracks.

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