Not just 'Vendome' but 'Skating in Central Park,' 'Spanish Steps,' 'Django,' 'Concorde,' 'Milano' and 'Jasmine Tree' from the pen of John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet with Vernon Duke's 'Autumn in New York' thrown in for good measure here in this very appealing Enrico Pieranunzi Trio and Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana release - the conductor, Michele Corcella.
Pieranunzi as anyone into jazz piano will know is one of the great world masters and with him here in his trio are bassist Luca Bulgarelli and drummer Mauro Beggio. It's entirely fitting that the best track of all here given the Italian provenance to the recording and flavour of the musicianship is the treatment of 'Milano,' a city that the Modern Jazz Quartet knew and loved well. Ideal chamber jazz sympathetically arranged and interpreted that once again reminds us of just how great a composer John Lewis was and how classics from his songbook are as satisfying and rewarding as anything written today. Out on 20 January - 'Vendome' (above) is streaming ahead of release
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