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Alan Pasqua: Soliloquy (Mouthpiece Music)

A review of the pianist's solo album of his favorite standards

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"Soliloquy" by Alan Pasqua
“Soliloquy” by Alan Pasqua

Keyboardist Alan Pasqua, 66, rose to prominence in the mid-1970s as part of drummer Tony Williams’ Lifetime, one of several visionary ensembles led by alumni of Miles Davis’ bands. The only reason the Fender Rhodes specialist didn’t achieve wider name recognition was probably that he came along a few years after Davis graduated the Mount Rushmore of jazz/fusion keyboardists: Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett.

Pasqua’s 25-year recording career as a leader, with the exception of the explosive 2009 Williams ode Blues for Tony with former Lifetime guitarist Allan Holdsworth, has largely been acoustic. His new solo piano outing, Soliloquy, features nine standards and one peek back in time, albeit toward one of his former popular-music employers, in Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country.”

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