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Denny Zeitlin: Solo Piano: Remembering Miles (Sunnyside)

Arriving on the jazz scene in the mid-’60s while simultaneously practicing and teaching psychiatry, pianist Denny Zeitlin has consistently conducted his musical career on multiple tracks. He has played postbop as well as free improv, veered between electric and acoustic settings, drawn from classical composition and fusion, and played solo when he wasn’t leading duos, … Read More “Denny Zeitlin: Solo Piano: Remembering Miles (Sunnyside)”

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Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne

This live solo-piano recital is an ambitious undertaking. The program is 10 Wayne Shorter tunes, most from the early 1960s. Shorter’s compositions, with their motivically assembled melodic structures and proprietary harmonic environments, are famously challenging. But Denny Zeitlin never sounds worried. He sounds exhilarated, caught up in the adventure. When Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet … Read More “Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne”

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Denny Zeitlin: Stairway to the Stars

Since the turn of the century, pianist Denny Zeitlin’s recordings have fallen into two categories: solo projects and releases with this trio featuring bassist Buster Williams and drummer Matt Wilson. Stairway to the Stars-recorded at the Jazz Bakery in L.A. in 2001, the year that Zeitlin first teamed with the two-is another argument for more … Read More “Denny Zeitlin: Stairway to the Stars”

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