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Enrico Pieranunzi: Live in Paris

Enrico Pieranunzi is a major figure of Italian jazz who has only recently received significant attention in the United States, mostly because of five superior recordings on the CamJazz label released since 2003. Three of the five deal with music composed for films (Fellini Jazz and the two volumes of Play Morricone) and establish Pieranunzi’s world-class credentials as arranger, leader and conceptualist. The double CD Live in Paris proves that Pieranunzi is also one of the most creative and complete pianists now playing jazz anywhere on the planet.

Disc one opens with over 30 minutes of uninterrupted invention, spread over four pieces. The original “Ouverthree” becomes “Body and Soul” and then “I Hear a Rhapsody,” at the end of which a little repetitive figure morphs into “Footprints” and whirls away. Pieranunzi comes up for air to give the audience a break. Then his trio is immediately swept up again in a 12-minute extravagance of cumulative catharsis, “I Fall in Love Too Easily.”

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