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Ted Rosenthal Trio: Rhapsody In Gershwin

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Whether or not you endorse the finished product, it is hard to argue against Ted Rosenthal being at the helm of a piano-trio rendition of George Gershwin’s opus, “Rhapsody in Blue.” Rosenthal has played the piece solo and with symphonies. As a former Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winner with a slew of fine Great American Songbook interpretations on his résumé, he boasts both the tempestuous

chops and judicious taste to do a trio “Rhapsody” justice. Together with drummer Tim Horner and bassist Martin Wind, Rosenthal safeguards his liberties, pouring most of the improvisations into the many segues of Gershwin’s suite-like piece, so that it clocks in at just over 17 minutes. Fans of Gershwin and jazz alike should be pleased by the balanced performance.

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