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Lenore Raphael Trio at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

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
December 6, 2005

(See Raphael Trio CD and September 15, 2005 Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Reviews).

Once again, the vivacious Lenore Raphael, joined by her reliable and personable accompanists, Hilliard Greene on bass and Rudy Lawless on drums, took a one-week set at JALC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola by storm. Jordine, by Duke Ellington, with a nice swing beat, opened the after-hours set, and Ms. Raphael built up to a luscious lead of flowing melodies. She and the band were relaxed and let loose on the Steinway. Ms. Raphael could fill a room with striking, familiar tunes, as she gave the piano vibrancy and verve. A bass and then a drum solo followed, with piano conversations mixed in. Have You Met Miss Jones, in a tribute to Rodgers and Hart, gave Hilliard’s bass some steady percussive roles, in combination with Rudy’s drums.

The natural and seasoned style of this trio combines traditional and contemporary sounds in listenable, danceable, and memorable riffs. The featured band conversations, sending a few notes back and forth, seemed to engage the trio in rapidly-timed exchanges. Invitation was esoteric and sultry, a Brazilian/Latin fusion with soulful bass solos and spirited percussive flourishes. Alone Together, with Hilliard’s lead and an abstract motif, brought fragments of the original theme into an interesting twist. If He Could See Me Now rapturous and melancholy, included rapid piano trills, as in an enchanting two-step dance. When Hilliard took one note to elongation, a chorus of sound emanated from the one buoyant bass.

Anthropology, a tribute to Charlie Parker, had foxtrot dance rhythms followed by hot, Savoy Swing. Rudy put pizzazz into his percussion, while Hilliard took the theme and made it skip through the strings, while Rudy brought the drums and cymbals into the mix. Ray Charles Georgia, an all too short finale, was an intoxicating interpretation of a renowned ballad.

Lenore Raphael and her Trio will appear on June 5, 2006 at the - AC Pianocraft, Inc. Piano-Plus Jazz Benefit for New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

Lenore Raphael, Hilliard Greene, Todd Barkan, Rudy Lawless, at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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