Bucky Pizzarelli’s playing on this new album sums up his seventy-year career (with no end in sight!). Without sacrificing his own voice, he lovingly honors his forebears and contemporaries, as well as "the kids," including his own.
The Binaural+ technique has accurately captured the complexity and depth of Bucky’s playing. The recording magic places you right in the room with the trio, sitting in the best seat of the house as you groove and swing to the irresistible melodies. The aural cues will make you instinctively turn your head to listen to a certain phrase from one guitarist to the next, which is perfection in stereo reproduction. From the light foot tapping to the satisfied response from Bucky and his trio at the conclusion of a solo, Binaural+ will recreate the wonders of this live performance every time.
“If you want to see the history of jazz guitar in action, go see Bucky Pizzarelli.”
With the exception of the title track, all of these songs are standards — which is more charitable than "old war horse,"— but both descriptions fail in capturing the vitality of these performances. One of the most appealing things about period recordings is that you get a sense of newness; imagine "Body and Soul" with the ink barely dry on the music. You find that here, too, even with compositions in their ninth decade. Also, it's especially gratifying to hear a jazz album that sounds like an album—a cohesive succession of performances—thoughtfully crafted, but swinging like crazy, as you’ll discover. (Discovered, since you’d be nuts to be reading this before listening to these three gifted players.)