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Bill Charlap Trio - Uptown Downtown includes many surprises / JazzWax review

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The last time I saw pianist Bill Charlap was in July at 92Y's Jazz in July series in New York, where he directed one of the most intimate and rewarding jazz concerts I've seen in some time. Bill's trio backed Jimmy Heath and Benny Golson, two legendary tenor saxophonists who were in superb form that night. Jeremy Pelt also joined the group on trumpet. Much of the concert's cohesion and success was a result of Bill's inspiring performance. His solos were so imaginative and impeccable throughout that both Jimmy and Benny would wander over to the piano to watch the magic. Bill was really something, not to mention Jimmy and Benny, bassist David Wong and drummer Kenny Washington.

Now Bill has released Uptown, Downtown (Impulse), a trio recording featuring Peter Washington on bass (above) and Kenny Washington on drums (no relation). Recorded in March 2017, the song list includes many surprises. [Photo above of Peter Washington courtesy of Bill Charlap]

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