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Lenore Raphael Trio
After Hours Set
Lenore Raphael on Piano
Hilliard Greene on Bass
Rudy Lawless on Drums
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator
Scott Thompson, Press
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 15, 2005
(See Lenore Raphael Trio CD Review). (See Hilliard Greene CD Performance Review).
Lenore Raphael, a seasoned pianist of standards and new works, celebrated her CD, A Beautiful Friendship, with rousing, upbeat swing, assisted by the very talented Hilliard Greene on bass and Rudy Lawless on drums. Early on, Hill Greene and Ms. Raphael took a complimentary theme, as Rudy Lawless provided accompaniment on soft brushes. Ms. Raphael exudes energy and enthusiasm, and her melodies are singable and rhythmic.
Hill Greene took a solo, with fancy string fingering and persuasive pizzazz, followed by a piano-bass conversation. Alone Together, like cocktail piano, infused personality and treble flourishes as an extra moment of soul. The audience felt the energy and reacted warmly to this almost dance band motif. Ms. Raphael has superb style, as she sneaks in fragments of extra tunes for surprise effect. And, Hill Greene began to attack his bass with passion. Before long, Rudy Lawless, as well, carried a solo riff with total abandon, adding scat vocals to the mix with daring determination.
Sweet Little Samba switched to mambo, as a clave rhythm appeared. My Foolish Heart, a melancholy ballad, was sensitive, thanks to quiet keyboard, plus bass tremolos. Invitation was versatile and vibrant, as Ms. Raphael added texture and maturity to her performance. This pleasant and somewhat familiar melody was enticing. A New Orleans blues piece followed with prominent bass and percussive backup. There was spontaneous rhythmic assistance from audience clapping, before Hill Greene added a triple time bass theme that drew snapping finger sensations into the mix.
Like Someone in Love, an effortless and seamless keyboard foxtrot, brought Hill Greene into a riff with perfectly tuned volume and a fabulous foxtrot beat. Soon Ms. Raphael presented a sensational Sweet Georgia Brown, very New Orleans and very robust, in a seasoned style from a trio in sync.
Lenore Raphael and her Trio will appear on June 5, 2006 at the RobertaOnTheArts.com - AC Pianocraft, Inc. Piano-Plus Jazz Benefit for New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.
Lenore Raphael Trio with Todd Barkan