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Danilo Perez: Danilo Perez Trio Live at the Jazz Showcase

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Ben Street, Danilo Perez and Adam Cruz

Jumping from Verve to the increasingly popular ArtistShare platform, pianist Danilo Perez documents his working trio with bassist Ben Street and drummer Adam Cruz with this crisp live date, performed in Glenview, Ill., in 2003. The CD includes worthy readings of “Overjoyed,” “Rado de Nube,” “Paula C” and the Perez-penned “Native Soul” (which were all on Perez’s last studio album, Till Then), along with incendiary versions of Monk’s “We See” and “Monk’s Dream.” (“We See” is followed by the far longer “Epilogo,” which sounds quite like a blowing spree on the “We See” changes.) Perez is one of the most brilliant Monk interpreters, and this is the most satisfying evidence since his Panamonk album from 1996, though Perez’s 2000 trio outing with Roy Haynes and John Patitucci (under Haynes’ name) also deserves mention.

“Metropolis” and “Unseen Hands” are short, fairly abstract episodes cowritten by the trio. “Cancion de Cuna” is a piano and bass footnote in the same mold. Street steps forward as a composer with the modernistic ballad “Furrows.” And Perez stamps “New Born” with his distinctive Latin-based jazz internationalism.

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