Personnel: Alan Pasqua (piano); Alan Pasqua; Dave Carpenter (bass guitar); Peter Erskine (drums).
Recording information: The Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla, CA (01/18/2007/01/19/2007).
Photographer: Mutsy Erskine.
Keyboardist Alan Pasqua is a musicians' musician, having played with scores of top names in both jazz and rock for over three decades. With STANDARDS, he gets back to basics, delivering a straight-ahead set of performances that resonate with a restraint and tastefulness only a player of Pasqua's vast experience could offer. With able assistance from the great Peter Erskine on drums and bassist Dave Carpenter, the New Jersey native works his way through chestnuts like "The Way You Look Tonight" and "I Hear a Rhapsody" with a gentle touch and sense of comfortable purpose that reveal the tunes' simple inner beauty.