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Trio (Live In New York at Jazz Standard) [with John Patitucci & Brian Blade]

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Venezuela-born pianist Edward Simon has played with numerous artists, including Greg Osby and Terence Blanchard, and he’s released several albums as a leader since his debut in the early '90s. Live in New York at Jazz Standard is his third album with a trio that includes bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. “Poesia,” a Simon original with a nice melody, opens this fine set. Simon turns out a charged-but-considered performance that evokes Bill Evans, while both Patitucci and Blade play fine solos. Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Chovendo Na Roseira” starts with a gorgeous statement by Patitucci, who goes on to drive the band on this odd-meter excursion. Simon’s “Pathless Path” immediately establishes a mysterious vibe with bowed bass, cymbal tappings, and impressionistic piano runs. The band settles into a groove colored by melancholy, and, deeper into the track, high-energy drama. Simon’s staccato-laden solo introduction to John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” is striking, and the band’s take on the piece is surprisingly jaunty; it’s unlike any other version of this classic. The album closes with another Simon original, the Latin-flavored “Pere.”

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Phenomenal

Amazing trio !!!! Saw them the week this came out and they destroyed!!!!!

Biography

Born: July 27, 1969 in Punta Cardon, Venezuela

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Creative jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Edward Simon was born in Punta, Cardón, Venezuela in 1969, first traveling to the United States in 1981 at 12 years of age and attending the Performing Arts School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating at age 15, he studied classical piano and music performance under a scholarship at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, then moved on to the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied jazz piano and music performance. By 1988 he was performing...
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