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Album Review

David Hazeltine is an example of a creative modern mainstream pianist who often gets overlooked despite being a superior musician. Hazeltine swings, has his own voice within the tradition, and is an excellent songwriter, contributing three of the seven selections to this enjoyable CD. The pianist is teamed with the hard boppish trumpeter Jim Rotondi, altoist Steve Wilson, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Joe Farnsworth for three of his songs, a drastic rearrangement of an Earth, Wind & Fire song ("Reasons"), Thelonious Monk's "Pannonica," "Where Are You?," and a ten-minute version of "Doxy." The solos are expressive and often fiery, and the playing is at a consistently high level. Easily recommended to modern hard bop collectors.

Biography

Born: 27 October 1958 in Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Jazz pianist David Hazeltine was born and raised in Milwaukee, making his professional debut at age 13 and going on to gig extensively in Chicago and Minneapolis as well. Serving as the house pianist at the Milwaukee Jazz Gallery, he backed luminaries including Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt and Chet Baker, the latter encouraging Hazeltine to further pursue his career by relocating to New York City; arriving there in 1992, he formed his own trio with drummer Louis Hayes and bassist Peter Washington, additionally...
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How It Is, David Hazeltine
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 24 February 1998
  • Clean

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