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Segments by Joe Parillo Trio with Jay Hoggard

Pianist/composer Joe Parillo has enjoyed a prolific career, composing for theater and film, as well as producing his own recordings. Segments finds the University of Rhode Island professor of jazz studies in a quartet setting with bassist Bryan Rizzuto, drummer Eric Platz and special guest vibraphonist Jay Hoggard. The opening "Intro" and closing "Aura" feature an orchestra of strings, woodwinds and French horn. The music is a vibrant blend of jazz, pop and classical styles.

Parillo composes with a penchant for lyricism. His themes patiently unfold to reveal well-developed musical thoughts. The Pat Metheny-influenced "Clouds" and the breezy bossa nova-textured "Crying Moon" warm up the disc with a passionate rhythmic drive and lurid soloing by Parillo and Hoggard. The fiery waltz tempo of "Turn Around Back" contrasts wonderfully with the harmonically lush ballad "Where Are You Now."

Parillo reveals a soulful side on the title track with an inspired solo merging bluesy runs with whole-tone flourishes. Hoggard, who improvises with extraordinary flair throughout, puts in one of the disc's more memorable performances on the rocked-up "Sandbox." By far, the disc highlight is "Aura" where Parillo matches the energy of the quartet with a lush orchestration that recalls the jazz influence of French composer Darius Milaud.

Rizzuto and Platz provide a solid, yet flexible foundation throughout. The two take full advantage of the wide open nature of Parillo's writing, engaging the pianist in spirited interplay.

The eclectic, optimistic nature of Segments is fresh-sounding and spontaneous.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Joe Parillo Trio with Jay Hoggard
  • CD Title: Segments
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2008
  • Record Label: Neoga Records
  • Tracks: Intro/Clouds, Crying Moon, Turn Around Back, Where Are You Now, Segments, One Day in January, Sandbox, Aura
  • Rating: Four Stars
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