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New York Portraits by Alex Levin Trio

The music of this trio sounds so full and powerful. Since the first notes of the first track, "My heart stood still", everyone shine without getting in each others way, just like a jazz group should be.

Some of the music is relaxing but intense at the same time like the music of the second track, "Who can I turn to". Michael Bates shows his great technique on the bass intro of "Last train to Brooklyn", giving way to the wonderful piano melodies on this Alex Levin original piece.

Is the first time I listen to these great musicians, but from now on I sure will keep an eye on them. Their playing is instictive and flawless. These guys just don't know how not to swing. They are in full swing in the classics "Cheek to cheek" and "I remember you", the Alex original "Blues for Charley" and even the slow swing of "Like someone in love".

Alex melodic and harmonic choices are always interesting. One can fully appreciate this on the piano solo interpretation of Gershwin "I loves you Porgy" and the not so recognizable Gershwin piece, "Isn't it a pity" this time accompany by Michael on bass and Brian on drums.

All the music on this album definetly gives you that New York vibe, including the wonderful version of "Body and Soul".

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Alex Levin Trio
  • CD Title: New York Portraits
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Alex Levin Jazz
  • Rating: Five Stars
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