This warmly composed tape successfully captures the pianistic brilliance of Renee Rosnes. As framed by the sensitive eyes and ears of director-producers Daniel Berman and David W. Brady, Rosnes’ probing improvisations are set against telling interviews that add to the viewer/listener’s appreciation. For example, the connection between art and life is made specific in the pianist’s comments on the genesis of “Ache of the Absence,” a poignant meditation reflecting the emotions surrounding the recent death of Rosnes’ mother. Noting such varied influences as Bartok and Tatum, Rosnes reveals a broad and eclectic taste exemplified in an homage to Thelonious Monk via “Eronel,” a spirited romp featuring a stirring melodic essay by the lyrical Drummond.
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