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Enrico Pieranunzi/Marc Johnson/Joey Baron: As Never Before

On earlier CamJazz albums like Live in Japan and Ballads and two revelatory recordings of Ennio Morricone film music, this group has established itself as one of the premier piano trios in jazz. Soulful Italian romanticism simply flows from Enrico Pieranunzi. It sounds like he only needs to open the tap. Bassist Marc Johnson is a deep rhythmic anchor and a soloist as poetic as Pieranunzi. Drummer Joey Baron kicks up so much unpredictable energy that this sensitive trio never sounds soft.

It is a dynamic balance that would be disrupted by most guests, but trumpeter Kenny Wheeler’s particular lyricism-free but unerringly graceful, melancholy but firm-sounds inevitable here.

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