Charlap, Bill

Blue Note, 2005CD
Instrument: Piano

Issue: 11.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 5
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Not many will argue the strength of George Gershwin’s songbook. Pianist Bill Charlap assembles a trio including Peter Washington (b) and Kenny Washington (d). They work up a fervor on “Liza” with each of them burning! Add the brass: Phil Woods (as), Frank Wess (ts), Nicholas Payton (t) and Slide Hampton (tb) and you have an excellent set of musicians, experienced pros who play confidently and with a soft passion that resonates well on “How Long Has This Been Going On”. These are just a couple of the many strong selections, 3 as a trio + 7 as a septet. The combination works exceptionally well.