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Manuel Rocheman Trio: Tropic City

The trio of French pianist Rocheman, bassist Christopher Wallemme, and drummer Simon Goubert play eight numbers, four of them original compositions by Rochman. “I Can’t Get Started” shows Rocheman in a sensitive light. “Tropic City,” “Alligators” and “Besame Mucho” reflect Latin influences while the blues predominates on “Paris Blues.” “Sophisticated Lady” is recast in a samba mold. Rocheman, an impassioned pianist, interprets standards like “On Green Dolphin Street” or “Besame Mucho” with an attractive blend of the familiar and the original.

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