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Peter Beets: New York Trio

Dutch pianist Peter Beets cites several great pianists as influences in the liner notes to New York Trio (Criss Cross), but the influence of Cedar Walton and Bud Powell are most discernable here. The song forms of the six originals and three standards are very familiar, but Beets invigorates virtually all of them; the version of Irving Berlin’s “Best Thing for You” is the finest instrumental rendition of this tune that I can recall, and the tempo shifts in Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight” are delightful. Drummer Willie Jones III is consistently good throughout, and bassist Rodney Whitaker contributes a virtuoso performance.

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