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Album Review

Close to You is pianist David Hazeltine's fourth Criss Cross release, and judging by the title you would assume this offering contains a sweet Burt Bacharach tune, a few mellow standards, and some gently peppered originals. All that is true but the material is executed with numerous excursions off the beaten path. Close to You was an enormous hit by the Carpenters in 1970. In the hands of Hazeltine, Peter Washington on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums, this trio transforms the well-known melody into an accelerated funky waltz! The Hazeltine originals "Minor Adjustment" and "Blues for P. Wash" find the musicians exhibiting their obvious rapport combined with some brief, yet heated, soloing. Even the pleasantly lyrical arrangements of tried and true standards like "I'm Old Fashioned," "I'll Only Miss Her," "Willow Weep for Me," and "You Don't Know What Love Is" contain a bit more emotion than what is usually wrung from them.


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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Close to You, David Hazeltine
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  • 9,90 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 17 February 2004
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