Milanese pianist Rossano Sportiello is a young player with a fine vintage sensibility. Echoes of Erroll Garner and Paul Smith filled last year’s Heart and Soul and are equally evident here as Sportiello teams with Australian Nicki Parrott, a bassist who shares his young-in-years but steeped-in-tradition bent. Elliott Simon’s suggestion, put forth in his liner notes, that theirs can be compared to the union of Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown hints of overstatement, but only mildly. Indeed, as instrumental pairings go, the teaming of Sportiello and Parrott serves as a prime example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
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