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Russ Kassoff: Somewhere

- CD Reviews

Russ Kassoff: Somewhere
2006 RHK Jazz

Russ Kassoff on Piano
Martin Wind on Bass
Tim Horner on Drums

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 23, 2006

This CD is uniquely a romantic, peaceful selection of renowned ballads and original compositions, played in a forthright, non-flamboyant style, for an aura of musical pleasure. Russ Kassoff, Frank Sinatra’s pianist, uses insightful improvisation and emotional intensity for must-hear-again tune after tune.

Notable tracks:

#2 – Somewhere – Composed by Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim. This title track brings Bernstein’s memorable melody to new poignancy and sensitivity. With the softest of bass and drums, Kassoff’s piano is never overwhelmed, as the accompanists add inherent rhythm, while piano trills expand.

#6 – You Are All the World To Me – Composed by Russ Kassoff/Deirdre Broderick. This is a meandering and moody composition, with a lovely, languorous melody. The refrains fall like late summer raindrops.

#9 – Love You Madly – Composed by Edward Kennedy Ellington. An A Train introduction to another Ellington favorite previews the jazzy motif of Kassoff’s buoyant arrangement. This track swings and sings with rambunctious interludes.

#11 – Oh, Lady be Good – Composed by George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin. A fragmented, expressionist introduction to a Gershwin ballad is a clue to Kassoff’s piano arrangement, rapid and vibrant. The bass and drums find a prominent showcase in this thankfully long track.

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