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Joey Calderazzo: Haiku

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In his recent work with Branford Marsalis, and as long ago as 1995 on Secrets, his own excellent album on AudioQuest, Joey Calderazzo has shown himself to be a pianist with passionate creative energy and the chops to channel it. Haiku is his first solo recording, and it is a quality project that falls short of expectations.

The quality begins with Calderazzo’s sheer skill. On the two takes of “Bri’s Dance,” his two hands perform functions as independent as could be governed by one brain. His left stabs a relentless repetitive three-against-two anchoring force, while his right fidgets freely and flies. “My One and Only Love” slowly intensities as it uncovers connotations of the melody, then recedes again. It is both musically sophisticated and emotionally sincere.

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