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bill charlap is clearly the "man of the moment" in jazz piano, and one listen to this cd tells why. he has great chops, yet makes great use of space, plays very melodically, avoids cliches, and his trio shows an uncanny, almost eerie rapport.  

as well as three of the "west side story" classics, charlap digs into several of the lesser-known leonard bernstein showtunes, like "lonely  town"  and "big stuff" with great cunning and originality. he even tackles "some other time" -- best known for bill evans' various renditions of it -- and makes it his very own.  besides all this, he swings his butt off, and does it all in a highly stylistic way.

charlap plays elegantly and logically, yet can be quite surprising and the maturity of his playing just about defines jazz piano these days. highly recommended!
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