[JPL] good career move

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Wed Jul 12 14:04:01 EDT 2006


 Jae makes a good point here about Gonzalo. I was amazed at his first recordings. Talk about getting telephone calls. It seemed to me that after a few recordings his playing became unfocused and lacked the spontaneity he displayed on those earlier recordings. Surely there were recordings that were excellent, but nowhere near his original recordings.
 I remember being so excited to catch him at the Regattabar years ago for the first time, and was so disappointed. A second time was at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and while it was enjoyable I did not leave with the feeling that what I heard was memorable.
 That being said, there is another element that should be considered. If that piano was tuned, and of good quality, he should have performed out of respect for the audience. That is a judgement call with him and his managers. I'm sure with all of the venues he plays in a year, he must often come up with that problem. Keep canceling dates and next thing no one is willing to hire him. 
 Poor judgement call, IMO.
 Ron Gill
 WGBH Radio 89.7 FM
 Boston
    
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Something that Ellis Marsalis said to me a while ago made me think about pianos 
in venues......he said one of the main things that killed the jam sessions years 
ago was disappearance of the pianos from the clubs. I thought about that and 
would have to say he's right. Few venues left with pianos and if you do find one 
with a piano the quality of the instrument is suspect usually. 
   
  Jim mentioned Bill Evans......probably the most astonishing performance I've 
heard from Evans were his final recordings from Ronnie Scotts in London. The 
sessions were released on Dreyfus Records I believe. The piano was horribly out 
of tune and in the mix it sounded like a 2' Yung Chang with bad strings and wet 
dampers. It was terrible but I've never heard Bill Evans on recording play with 
as much fire, energy and passion on any other of his recordings. Not to mention 
the fact that he was sick at the time. Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea wouldn't 
have touched a piano like that. 
   
  I think about Oscar....particularly in those small house party recordings he 
did solo and with his trio. Many times the piano was just amazingly bad. I have 
so much love for so many pianists but Oscar is the only one that has left me 
speechless - when he was in his prime. The medley on "Nigerian Marketplace" with 
"Waltz For Debbie and "Misty" or the medley of "Moon River" and "I Concentrate 
On You" or "Love You Madly" with Herb and Ray. Simply incredible. I've played 
with Herb a few times and he always talked about Oscar's power and how the piano 
would shake like crazy and his soul. Tatum was way ahead of his time - 
harmonically speaking and obviously had the technique but Oscar's soul......and 
power. I've never heard anything like it when he was on. 
   
  The bottom line is these guys played and didn't worry about the inadequacy of 
the instrument and strangely enough produced some of their best work. I don't 
think I've ever heard Monk record on an in tune piano. I really think somehow 
that added to his mystic and quirky-ness. I hate to say this about Gonzalo but 
I've never really heard him play much of anything that I can remember outside of 
his first live Blue Note release. He has amazing technique which has carried him 
to this point but his recordings lack direction and focus to me. From my 
perspective he needs to establish a concept that has continuity and clairity. 
Anyone remember anything from that last recording he did?  
   
  Jae Sinnett   

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Well, it's not exactly a first. I was at a performance a few years ago 
when a well-known pianist was playing a lesser-known venue (both shall 
remain nameless to protect the hardly innocent!). About midway 
through a tune, the pianist abruptly stood up from the 5' baby grand 
and announced, "I'm sorry, I'm a pianist and this is not a piano. See 
(the owner) and he'll give you your money back." and left the stage. 
- Man, talk about a real show-stopper!

More surprisingly, the pianist has since played for the same management 
again, but now on a decent piano. (Probably would have settled for 
6'10" Steinway B)

One has to have a certain amount of sympathy/empathy for touring 
pianists who with rare exception play a different instrument nearly 
every night and never know what they'll be dealing with until they get 
to the gig. There are a few in the very top echelon who have been able 
to tour with their own piano, or in the case of Steinway artists, have 
specially prepared artists' pianos provided in major cities.

It's not always just the piano, though. During a long series of live 
radio shows from a local club we had Ahmad Jamal, Gene Harris, Kenny 
Barron, Hamp Hawes, Horace Silver, Wynton Kelly, Oscar Peterson and a 
dozen other pianists play the same piano with good results. But when 
Bill Evans sat down and played the first couple of chords and a run, my 
head snapped around so fast I nearly knocked my headphones off. It 
sounded so rich I thought they'd put in a new piano since last week. 
Nope.... just a new piano player.


Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI
www.jazzafterhours.org


On Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at 08:14 PM, Tom Reney wrote:

>
> Pianist cancels Regattabar gigs
> July 8, 2006
>
> Grammy-winning pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba canceled his two-night stint 
> at the Regattabar only hours before the first of two sets last night 
> because he objected to the room's piano, a 6-foot, 10-inch Steinway 
> Model B.
>
> ``He's just not happy with this piano," said Greg Herbst, the 
> Regattabar general manager, who found out Rubalcaba's four gigs 
> weren't happening just 25 minutes before show time.
>
> Herbst said there had been a request to bring in another piano, but 
> ``[Rubalcaba's] management was supposed to handle that."
>
> Last night, 130 ticket holders for the 7:30 p.m. show were turned 
> away, their money refunded. Herbst said ticket holders for tonight's 
> two shows will have their money refunded . For more information, call 
> 617-395-7757.
>

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A sinfully sultry mix of originals and standards'' is what JazzTrenzz reviewer 
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strong melodies and expressive arrangements.  Creating a new band  for these 
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Eighteen-time Grammy winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt recorded and mixed 
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Trained in contemporary and classical piano, Hilton contemplated jazz greats for 
inspiration.  ''I've always been inspired by the melodies of our great American 
songwriters of the 30's, the rhythmic hooks of classic jazz of the 50's and a 
bit of our blues from the South'' comments Hilton, ''but I do think that jazz 
can be inspired by this musical heritage and still sound cool today.''

Hilton's music continues to earn numerous awards and honors.  Her music is 
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Karl Stober had to say about composer/pianist Lisa Hilton's latest release, 
'MIDNIGHT IN MANHATTAN', (Ruby Slippers Productions).  Inspired by a late New 
York night, she has once again created a recording full of evocative moods, 
strong melodies and expressive arrangements.  Creating a new band  for these 
sessions, 'Midnight In Manhattan' also features famed Brubeck saxman Bobby 
Militello, John Friday on drums and long time bassist Reggie McBride.  
Eighteen-time Grammy winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt recorded and mixed 
with Hilton in Studio A/Capitol Studios keeping a natural sound that compliments 
the straight ahead tracks. 

Trained in contemporary and classical piano, Hilton contemplated jazz greats for 
inspiration.  ''I've always been inspired by the melodies of our great American 
songwriters of the 30's, the rhythmic hooks of classic jazz of the 50's and a 
bit of our blues from the South'' comments Hilton, ''but I do think that jazz 
can be inspired by this musical heritage and still sound cool today.''

Hilton's music continues to earn numerous awards and honors.  Her music is 
distributed by Navarre and is available at most retail and online stores.  Her 
website is: www.lisahiltonmusic.com. 

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