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Album: As Never Before
# Song Title   Time
1)    Soundings
2)    Improheart
3)    Nameless Gate, A
4)    As Never Before
5)    Many Moons Ago
6)    Impromind
7)    Song for Kenny
8)    Time's Passage
9)    Winter Moon
 
Album: As Never Before
# Song Title   Time
1)    Soundings
2)    Improheart
3)    Nameless Gate, A
4)    As Never Before
5)    Many Moons Ago
6)    Impromind
7)    Song for Kenny
8)    Time's Passage
9)    Winter Moon
 
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  • Enrico Pieranunzi has worked on an occasional basis with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joey Baron since the early 1980s. These 2004 sessions add trumpeter/flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler, a perfect choice for this tightly knit group. Pieranunzi has long been one of the top jazz pianists in Europe with a gift for lyricism, whileJohnson and Baron have been a part of many important recordings as well as leading compelling CDs of their own. The primary focus is on the pianist's thoughtful originals. Several of the songs have a melancholy air, starting with the introspective opener, featuring Pieranunzi's Latin undercurrent with Wheeler's emotional open trumpet. "Song for Kenny," presumably dedicated to the trumpeter, is a midtempo bossa nova showcasing Wheeler on flugelhorn. Wheeler adds a mute for the haunting ballad "Improheart" (one of two works credited to the entire group), a powerful piece that conveys its mood without lyrics: "Impromind," the other group improvisation, is a bit more abstract yet very accessible. The trio always make beautiful music when they have a chance to work together, and the presence of Kenny Wheeler proves to be an inspired decision. ~ Ken Dryden
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (p.119) - "Bassist Marc Johnson is a deep rhythmic anchor and a soloist as poetic as Pieranunzi. Drummer Joey Baron kicks up so much unpredictable energy, that this sensitive trio never sounds soft....It is a dynamic balance..."
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