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Pietro Tonolo, Gil Goldstein, Steve Swallow, Paul Motian : Your Songs: The Music of Elton John

Presenting Elton John’s melodies in a fresh light is the obvious goal here, since it’s hard to imagine even the most cynical observer believing that Tonolo and company think the pop star’s commercial clout is powerful enough to send off hordes of fans in search of this recording.

If some stumble upon it, though, they’ll likely warm up to the album’s seven tuneful interpretations-or they will, at least, if they have the slightest affinity for contemporary jazz. After all, Tonolo, the Italian reedman, and his well-known collaborators-pianist-accordionist Gil Goldstein, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Paul Motian-aren’t out to willfully deconstruct or even playfully subvert John’s best-known themes. Far from it.

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