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Pete Malinverni Trio: A Beautiful Thing!

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It’s hard to imagine someone not being moved in one way or another by the performances captured on A Beautiful Thing! If the rhythmically buoyant arrangements don’t do the trick on a purely physical level, then certainly pianist Pete Malinverni’s spiritual thrust and soulful interpretations will.

The album’s title track, one of several Malinverni compositions found here, kicks off the session with a bounce. It’s a celebration of family commitments and, not unlike the subsequent rendering of “In the Garden of the Eternal Optimist,” radiates good cheer in a fashion that occasionally evokes shades of Brubeck and Guaraldi. In between these tracks, however, you’ll find Malinverni in a deeply meditative mood, exploring the Bacharach/David ballad “A House Is Not a Home” with a quiet, spacious, sensitive touch. Later, he salutes another contemporary composer in a similarly thoughtful manner, offering an evocative take on Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes.” Bright or blues-tinted, these and other performances are neatly animated by Malinverni’s bandmates, bassist Lee Hudson and drummer Eliot Zigmund, with whom the pianist shares an easy rapport.

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