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A Concert

Sal Mosca

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The concert that gives Sal Mosca's CD its title is a love fest with the audience erupting with applause and rapturous shouts after each number. That kind of enthusiasm is characteristic of the Tristanoschool, a jazz sect too little appreciated, save for its founder and such key disciples as Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh, by the jazz world at large. Mere partisanship, however, doesn't account entirely for the fans' reaction. Mosca delivers a breathtaking display of eccentric pianio acrobatics. His lines roll through the cycles of conventional chord sequences, but they often seem ready to spin off into the musical stratosphere. Mosca keeps his improvisations tethered to tonality by the thinnest of musical filaments. His two hands often seem to be working at cross purposes crashing together. Even on up tempo tunes the time remains elastic as on a rhapsody, and the ballads never steep in sentimentality as Mosca decorates them with percussive clusters as well as lush arpeggios. He keeps the listener off balance with brief episodes of stride giving way to twisting contrapuntal lines. An essential entry into the jazz solo piano repertoire.

Biography

Born: 27 April 1927 in Mount Vernon, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

The premier protégé of the legendary Lennie Tristano, pianist Sal Mosca reigns among the most gifted improvisers of his generation. Despite collaborations alongside jazz giants including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday, he preferred the intimacy of private study to the demands of public performance, and spent long stretches of his career some distance away from the stage and the studio. Born Salvatore Joseph Mosca in Mt. Vernon, New York, on April 27, 1927, he credited his family's...
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