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Jimmy Amadie

From the “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” performed at a rare, uptempo pace to the theme of “Night and Day” that takes a midphrase octave jump, Jimmy Amadie’s In a Trio Setting (TPR) has a natural flow that doesn’t hint at the circumstances under which it was recorded.

The pianist took five years to record In a Trio Setting, a tribute to Frank Sinatra, but that lengthy process had nothing to do with perfectionism or interference from other projects. For 35 years Amadie has suffered from tendonitis, which has gotten so bad he can now play only for 15 minutes every six months before the pain requires him stop. Under those circumstances, he’d be lucky to secure two complete takes a year, and working with a rhythm section seemed virtually impossible. But the late baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola suggested Amadie try something virtually unheard of for jazz recordings: Knowing the pianist had a excellent sense of time, Brignola convinced him to record solo, leaving spaces for bass and drums that would be overdubbed later.

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