Rockin' In Rhythm: A Tribute to Duke Ellington is certainly guitarist-singer John Pizzarelli's finest CD collection to date, and each performance is a showcase work and reflects the musical genius of composer Duke Ellington.These songs have a sense of enjoyment and verve which just becomes more entertaining each time they are played. John Pizzarelli is in top form with these Ellington songs.
There are twelve selections in the collection. Among the many fine songs are found such enduring standards as "In A Mellow Tone," "East St. Louis Toodle-OO"/"Don't Get Around Much Anymore," a memorable rendition of "Satin Doll," "C Jam Blues," a wonderfully moody version of "In My Solitude," "Just Squeeze Me," "Perdido" (sung with Kurt Elling and Jessica Molaskey), "All Too Soon" (with Bucky Pizzarelli on rhythm guitar), "I'm Beginning To See The Light," "Love Scene," a perfect interpretation of "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good," and "Cottontail"/"Rockin' In Rhythm." The listener will find his or her own favorites in this well-crafted collection!
John Pizzarelli's solo performance on "Just Squeeze Me" will astond listeners with its unique intimacy and intricate stylings. This is a fine performance to suggest to any serious person wishing to play jazz guitar!
It would be interesting to see what John Pizzarelli could do with a tribute to composer Cole Porter. John Pizzarelli is a natural for performing classic Porter in only a the magic that Pizzarelli can create!
This tribute to Duke Ellington is a must have for both Ellington and Pizzarelli fans. Those new to the great jazz sounds of Pizzarelli will fall in love with this collection. As perfect as it comes, highly enjoyable, very literate are three ways to describe this remarkable CD featuring John Pizzarelli and friends.
A winner in all ways! Get a copy as soon as you can! Highly recommended.