Weiss, Michael: Persistence

SKU: 42357315
Michael Weiss: Persistence

Weiss, Michael: Persistence

SKU: 42357315

Format: CD

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Title: Persistence
Artist: Weiss, Michael
Label: Cellar Live
UPC: 875531021639
Genre: Jazz

Michael Weiss will celebrate 40 years of living and working in NYC next year; a major milestone in a city full of brilliant jazz pianists. One of the busiest pianists and composers in jazz, Michael was a key member of the Johnny Griffin quartet for over 15 years, and is himself entering the status of jazz legend alongside some of his peers. A true double threat as a dazzling pianist along with a thoughtful and deep composer, Michael was recognized early on as a bright light in jazz, having won the BMI Thelonious Monk composer competition and place second in the Monk International Jazz Piano competition. With these accolades, it is fitting that Michael and the quartet choose to cover the Monk classic 'Epistrophy' on this fantastic album, his debut for Cellar Music Group. In addition to the nod to Monk, Michael selects 4 of his original compositions on his Cellar Music Group debut, coupled with some lesser known standards by Jimmy van Heusen and Antonio Carlos Jobim, finished off with the Fats Waller staple, Jitterbug Waltz. The band for this recording is truly stellar. Eric Alexander is himself one of the great instrumentalists of his generation, and the perfect foil to Michael on this exciting recording. Paul Gill and Pete van Nostrand are veterans of the New York jazz scene and the feeling of joyful swing and near-kinetic interplay are immediately apparent from the first song. Together, this quartet of burning New York jazz veterans bring a sophistication and soul to the recordings that can only be attained from decades of playing in the jazz capital of the world. Persistence is an apropros title for an album of musicians who have never given up on the mastery of their instrument, or this music.

1.1 Persistence
1.2 Second Thoughts
1.3 Apres Vous
1.4 Only the Lonely
1.5 Jitterbug Waltz
1.6 Epistrophy
1.7 Once I Loved
1.8 Birthday Blues
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