Saturday, February 25, 2012

Edward Simon

Edward Simon
The New York City Jazz Record just published my review of "Danny Boy," pianist Edward Simon's latest album.

Here's the opening half:

Venezuelan pianist Edward Simon writes on the inside flap of Danny Boy that he had never played Irish music before this recording. He explains that the “simplicity and beauty” of the music “resonated deep within” him. With that in mind, it is a shame that only the first and last pieces - the title track and “She Moved Through The Fair” - are Irish songs, because they are some of the loveliest on the album. 

Simon opens the title track playing, slowly and pensively, with bassist Philip Donkin. Until drummer Stephen Keogh enters eight or so bars in and this becomes a straight-up piano trio album, the song brings to mind Hank Jones and Charlie Haden’s wonderful duo recording of hymns and folk songs, Steal Away. Based on that opening snippet, you get the sense that this could have been a different album - a more focused one.

Read the whole thing here.

The next review I'm writing for the paper will be of "Echoes of Indiana Avenue," a recently unearthed Wes Montgomery record. Haven't received it in the mail yet, but I look forward to listening.

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