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Enrico Pieranunzi/Marc Johnson/Joey Baron: Live in Japan

The ripe interplay that Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi has cultivated with the American bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joey Baron has been developing for a long time. The trio recorded together as early as 1984’s New Land (their most recent studio reunion was last year’s Ballads); this inspired recital was culled from 2004 visits to Tokyo and Yokohama. Judging from the sensitivity and one-mind interaction displayed throughout both CDs, Pieranunzi’s limited North American profile is depriving U.S. audiences of a world-class ensemble.

The pianist’s fondness for the work of Ennio Morricone, richly displayed on this trio’s two-volume Play Morricone, surfaces on four of the film composer’s pieces. (Morricone, in fact, is the only outside source the group draws on here.) Such deeply melodic tunes as “Musashi” and “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” share a similar lyrical bent with Pieranunzi originals, including “How Can You Not?” and “When I Think of You.” These relatively compact performances demonstrate the pianist’s clarity of thought and gracious touch, as well as Johnson and Baron’s astute accompaniment and on-point solos.

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