of life’s simple pleasures is listening to jazz pianist Danilo
Perez, his musical imprint is well established as a pianist he
speaks with a vocabulary of complex melodies enveloped in colorful and
shifting harmonic rhythms. Henceforth, Danilo’s impressive
arrangements and compositional skills are a guiding vehicle to propel
any listener even further into the 21stCentury with
his latest conquest entitled “…Till Then”!
Players:Danilo Perez ~ Piano and Fender Rhodes, John Patitucci ~
Bass on (2, 3, 5, & 10), Brian Blade ~ Drums on (2, 3, 5,
& 10), Ben Street ~ Bass (on tracks 1, 4, 7 & 8), Adam
Cruz ~ Drums (on cuts 1, 4, 7, & 8) steel pan on (2 & 10)
and Percussion (tracks 5 & 10), Lizz Wright ~ Vocals (3
& 9) and Donny McCaslin ~ Soprano Saxophone (tracks 5
opener “Native Soul” is a self-penned composition
structured for a trio setting by Perez. Surprisingly this piece
lasts a little over three minutes however, Danilo utilizes this
space very well by sculpting and carefully molding this mid-tempo
track with Corea like phrasings and melodies into a moment of
everlasting joy. Bassist Ben Street and drummer Adam Cruz enhances
Danilo’s glistening piano solos with authority.
a la Vida falls
into the second slot on “Till Then”. The velvety
chops by the trio accent Perez’s tenacious piano stylings, he
probes the keys eloquently serving up a cup of delightfully inspiring
jazz. Percussionist Adam Cruz takes us for a tale spin with his
steel pan solos balanced by Brian Blade’s precise
Wright lends her vocal talents too the title track “…Till
caresses this song spoken with proficiency with each verse. Danilo
was wise to call upon Lizz to give her treatment to this
lyrically powerful song.
puts his touch too Stevie Wonders’
“Overjoyed” in a beautifully improvise setting. If you
haven’t heard Danilo Perez before, then this should be
no surprise, it comes highly recommended listening for starters. Danilo
approaches Overjoyed like no other, his hefty dose of solos
flows like a court jester as Cruz, Blasé and Patitucci
adapt quickly by flexing they’re muscles much like featherweight
champ going stepping into the ring for round two.
originally composed by a gentleman named Chico Buarque featuressaxophonist Donny McCaslin. The piece opens with a solo by
bassist John Patitucci followed by Danilo’s piano
prowess, which leads into Perez and McCaslin voices call
upon each other interweaving their solos effortlessly pulling you into
the groove making this an infectiously appetizing listening
the sixth spot is a Perez scored a piano solo piece called “Improvisation
on Red” Perez’s piano stylingsmirrors hints of
classical training on this selection. Danilo demonstrates way
he is one player to stay focused on and in tune with.
Ruben Blades wrote Paula C. adopted and re-arranged by
Perez, with Street and Cruz holding down the fort as rhythmkeepers translates into the cycle of oneness providing a proper
dose of the groove. Mine you; Paula C is much like a
caterpillar compositionally it crawls slowly as it excels in motion on
its way to the top.
penned by Silvio Rodriguez displays Danilo’s enormous
talent as a jazz pianist, his innovative touch is captured in another
trio setting here as he probes gently into the subtle awakening of the
yesterday, today and tomorrow.
calls on the voice of Lizz Wright to add a touch of jazz too Joni
Mitchell’s Fiddle and the Drum. If you haven’t heard
“Fiddle and the Drum” before you’ll probably find
it dark in it’svoicing, structurally haunting,
therefore taking you through a forbidden cloud of jazz and classic Mitchell
dancing eloquently together as one.
with an intoxicating solo by saxophonists Donny McCaslin soon
thereafter, a meeting takes place as Perez, Patitucci,Blade
and Cruz tap into the vein of engaging foreplay by navigating
in unison with fearless solos as they’re called to partake in this
quest of brilliant interplay among giants.
is somewhat of a departure from Danilo Perez’s previous
recordings he doesn’t explore his usual Panamanian jazz tined
Somehow, I believe there’s absolutely no reason to scrutinize
his gallant effort. Legendary producer Tommy LiPuma has
once again proved that his masterful touch is still in order by
gathering this incredibly talented cast of players to score a taste of
vintage Perez at the serving table!