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Denny Zeitlin: Wherever You Are: Midnight Moods for Solo Piano

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Denny Zeitlin’s sequel to 2010’s Labyrinth finds the Bay Area pianist in solo mode again, this time exploring standards and rejuvenating originals, foremost among the latter the sunny “Time Remembers One Time Once.” Zeitlin, who has recorded in various formats, clearly loves complexity, in his titles if not his presentation.

Subtitled “midnight moods for solo piano,” Wherever is an all-ballads album. Pacing is not a concern in this disc, which is mood music of exquisite refinement. If not for Zeitlin’s soft power, it would be a thematically unified snooze, more mood than music. Zeitlin’s integrity and intellectual rigor keep the listener involved.

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