CD: Alan Broadbent

Alan Broadbent Trio Live At Giannelli Square, Volume 2 (Chilly Bin)

Recorded in Los Angeles shortly before Broadbent transplanted himself to New York, Giannelli 2 is the equal of Volume 1. That is high praise. The pianist’s harmonic acuity, melodic invention, touch and rapport with bassist Putter Smith and drummer Kendall Kay made this one of the finest trios in jazz. They find freshness in “Yesterdays,” “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and a romp based on “Just Friends.” Broadbent’s compositions include a blues and a pure original called “Wandering Road,” but the album’s piece de resistance is his “Sing a Song of Dameron,” which does not imitate Tadd Dameron, but conjures the composer’s essence.

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