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Peter Beets: Our Love Is Here to Stay: Gershwin Reimagined (MBJ)

A review of the pianist's album celebrating George Gershwin

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Peter Beets, Our Love Is Here to Stay: Gershwin Reimagined
The cover of Our Love Is Here to Stay: Gershwin Reimagined by Peter Beets

Logically, the appearance of an album focused on George Gershwin tunes should surprise no one. But in our current jazz culture, which prioritizes original composition, tributes like Our Love Is Here to Stay are not the norm. Nowadays, even players who can’t write feel obligated to play their own stuff.

Peter Beets is an established pianist in his native country, the Netherlands. His work appears on Dutch labels, but like many Europeans, he often records in the United States with American musicians. This album was recorded near Washington, D.C. with two capable players from that area, bassist Tom Baldwin and drummer Eric Kennedy.

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Thomas Conrad

Thomas Conrad has a BA from the University of Utah and an MA from the University of Iowa (where he attended the Writers Workshop). He taught English at Central State University in Ohio, then left the academic world for the private sector. His affiliation with publications such as JazzTimes, Stereophile, The New York City Jazz Record and DownBeat has enabled him to sustain active involvement in two of his passions: music and writing.