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Article By Takaaki Kondo
Denny Zeitlinさんと云えば、精神科医とJazz Pianistを両立させて来たことで有名ですね。カリフォルニア州立大学サンフランシスコ校で1968年から30年間以上教鞭をとっています。しかしそんな「Trivia」とは関係なく、素晴らしいJazz Pianistです。本作も素晴らしい出来です。Openerの"Mr. PC"からガンガン疾走します。若いなぁ～。数々のピアノ・ソロ作品も含めて、旋律美を追求する彼のイメージを払拭する、この3人のアグレッシブな立ち上がりにまず驚きます。通してみれば繊細さが滲み出たナイーヴなアルバムで一貫した彼の音こだわりが伺えます。編みこむように奏でる彼独特のフレーズの美しさが際立ちます。もちろんBuster Williams(b)とMatt Wilson(ds)の名脇役ぶりは流石の一言です
Denny Zeitlin (p)
1. Mr. PC (part 1)
2. Mr. PC (part 2)
3. The Night Has 1000 Eyes -10,000 Eyes Part 1
4. The Night Has 1000 Eyes -10,000 Eyes Part 2
5. The We Of Us
6. All of You
7. Prime Times
8. Bass Prelude
9. Signs & Wonders
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Dnny Zeitlin - My Trio with Buster Williams and Matt Wilson
"I’ve been involved in trio performance since high school, powerfully attracted to the combination of piano, bass, and drums, and have recorded most frequently in this format. The piano, a “string-cussion” instrument, has an affinity for both bass and drums, and all three together ideally create an equilateral triangle of great flexibility, mutuality, and stability. With musicians of the caliber of Buster and Matt, the music is truly wide open and constantly evolving.” - Denny Zeitlin
With a full-time psychiatric practice and work as a medical school professor, Denny Zeitlin is only able to break away to tour for short periods at a stretch. One of his favorite trios includes bassist Buster Williams and drummer Matt Wilson, both of whom are not only bandleaders themselves but are in-demand sidemen as well. When all the stars align, the three men look forward to getting together to play. This live CD compiles performances from three different dates between 2001 and 2006. Zeitlin has always given a fresh touch to standards, but his extended interpretation of "The Night Has 1000 Eyes" incorporates extensive free improvisation, dramatic changes in direction, and a wonderfully disguised introduction, with all three musicians playing brilliantly. His reworking of "All of You" has a loping gait and adds new harmonies, approaching it in an angular fashion. Zeitlin's rapid-fire attack is at the forefront in the introduction to John Coltrane's "Mr. P.C.," though it switches gears midway to offer a more relaxed (but no less intense) groove. The pianist has long been a gifted composer. "The We of Us" was written for his wife Josephine, an intimate ballad that shimmers in the trio's gifted hands. The multifaceted "Prime Times" constantly shifts its shape, with a surprisingly soft ending. Williams sets up the finale number by improvising a brilliant unaccompanied solo, leading into a romp through David Friesen's bluesy, infectious "Signs & Wonders." Highly recommended.
by Ken Dryden, All Music
Denny Zeitlin has recorded over thirty critically acclaimed albums; twice won first place in the Down Beat International Jazz Critics Poll; written original music for Sesame Street; and appeared on network TV, including repeats on the Tonight Show, and CBS Sunday Morning. Zeitlin’s lecture-demonstration “Unlocking the Creative Impulse: The Psychology of Improvisation” has been presented across the U.S. and in Europe. He has concertized throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe, at colleges, jazz clubs, and major festivals; appearing with jazz greats such as Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson, John Patitucci, John Abercrombie, Marian McPartland, Charlie Haden, David Grisman, Kronos Quartet, Paul Winter, David Friesen, Matt Wilson, Buster Williams and many others.
Zeitlin was born in Chicago in 1938. His parents were both involved in medicine and music. He began playing the piano at age two, studied classical music throughout his elementary school years, and fell in love with jazz in high school—a made-to-order medium for his primary interest in improvisation and composition. He played professionally in and around Chicago while still in high school. in college and medical school, he combined jazz with formal study of music theory and composition with Alexander Tcherepnin, Robert Muczynski, and George Russell. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois in 1960 and received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1964.
He is currently a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and Marin County and an award-winning Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. His first series of records appeared on Columbia in the mid and late 60’s, and were received with critical acclaim and international exposure. Zeitlin then withdrew from public appearance for several years in order to develop a pioneering integration of jazz, electronics, classical, and rock. This music emerged in the early 70’s with multiple recordings, culminating in the 1978 electronic-acoustic symphonic score for “Invasion of the Body Snatchers". Subsequently he returned to a primary focus on acoustic music in a multitude of settings, with continued composing, recording, and international touring. Most recently, Denny Zeitlin has recorded two critically acclaimed albums for MaxJazz: In 2004 he released “Slickrock”, a trio CD featuring Buster Williams, bass, and Matt Wilson, drums. “Solo Voyage” followed in 2005, featuring solo acoustic piano and piano with synthesizer orchestration. Later that year, Zeitlin launched a comprehensive multi-media website detailing his activities in music, psychiatry, wine, fly fishing, and mountain biking: www.dennyzeitlin.com.
Touring in the last few years included trio jazz festival performances at Litchfield, Chicago, Monterey, San Francisco, and South Florida; and jazz club appearances at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, Boston’s Sculler’s, New York City’s Iridium, Oakland’s Yoshi’s, and Los Angeles’ Jazz Bakery, where they played to rave reviews, packed venues, and standing ovations.
Plans for 2009 include continued solo & trio touring; a 3 CD re-issue in February by Mosaic Records: “Denny Zeitlin—The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions;” and another February CD release on Sunnyside: “Denny Zeitlin Trio In Concert, Featuring Buster Williams & Matt Wilson.”
“He is the jazz world’s most visible Renaissance man — a full time practicing psychiatrist, a medical school teacher, and a world class jazz musician.”
Los Angeles Times