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The Drummonds: When You Wish Upon A Star

Anyone who’s ever played a piano will love the music created by this all-star trio. The husband-and-wife team of drummer Billy Drummond and pianist Renee Rosnes Drummond know each other’s styles and tendencies so well he often anticipates her movements a beat or so before she makes a chord change or a turnaround. Bassist Ray Drummond’s an equally established pro: the combination of his huge tone, fluid lines and effortless assistance is the third ingredient in what’s a technically brilliant CD. The only thing that’s missing is some experimentation or imagination in the content area. Certainly Rosnes possesses the chops to put her own mark on such oft-performed standards as “Over the Rainbow,” “Alone Together,” “Lullaby of Birdland” and “Nature Boy.” She’s such a fine player that even when saddled with less imposing material, like “Danny Boy” or “Sound of Silence,” her delivery and solos render them enjoyable, if unmemorable.

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