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Peter Eldridge/Kenny Werner: Somewhere (Rosebud)

Intentionally or not, the opening track of Somewhere is a bit of misdirection. Sounding like a suave supper-club crooner, Peter Eldridge eases into Cindy Walker’s “You Don’t Know Me” buoyed by pianist Kenny Werner’s pillowy string arrangement. Eldridge sounds resigned rather than devastated at his anonymity, and he doesn’t come close to prying the song away from … Read More “Peter Eldridge/Kenny Werner: Somewhere (Rosebud)”

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Kenny Werner: The Melody

The Pirouet label out of Germany has established itself as a haven for pianists of staunch scholarship possessing an exquisite touch. Few fit that description better than Kenny Werner, who literally wrote the book on creativity-Effortless Mastery is his well-regarded tome. The rhythm section Werner mentored to fruition, bassist Johannes Weidenmueller and drummer Ari Hoenig, … Read More “Kenny Werner: The Melody”

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Kenny Werner: Coalition

Kenny Werner suggests that Coalition be the name of this bass-less quintet as well as the title of their debut, and the often-roiling alliance of cultures at play here fortifies the moniker on both counts. In the liner notes, he says he built the group around Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke and Puerto Rican alto saxophonist … Read More “Kenny Werner: Coalition”

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Kenny Werner: Me, Myself & I

In the liner notes to his latest CD, Kenny Werner expresses a dislike of performing solo because “there’s no one to react to.” Hence the scarcity of solo outings in the pianist’s considerable discography, which is dominated by his renowned trio work. The title of this disc, in fact, references another trio, although all three … Read More “Kenny Werner: Me, Myself & I”

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