The primary purpose of Segments is to display eight original compositions by Joe Parillo. He mostly writes lilting, well-proportioned, pop-inflected sweet songs. Parillo the piano improviser is precise and fleet enough, but he is not interested in venturing far from what he has written or in disturbing the neat tied-in-a-bow symmetries of his tunes. Much of the solo interest here is generated by guest Jay Hoggard. The addition of Hoggard’s vibraphone to Parillo’s trio (Bryan Rizzuto, bass; Eric Platz, drums) fills out this music and creates layers of trebly pointillism. Parillo’s light, smooth melodies are strengthened by Hoggard’s restatements, and deepened by his departures.
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