Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bill O'Connell Monk’s Cha Cha CD Release Show @ Mezzrow Thurs., March 16th Sets 8 and 9:30 pm

Bill O'Connell
Monk’s Cha Cha
CD Release Show
163 West 10th street, basement
Greenwich Village, New York City
10014  Tel: 646-476-4346

Thursday, March 16th
Sets 8 and 9:30 pm

Bill O'Connell- piano
Kenny Davis-bass

Bill O'Connell - Monk’s Cha Cha
Release Date: FEBRUARY 24, 2017

The musical history of solo piano recordings is long and rich, and contains much emotionally compelling music. Entire albums of solo piano require real skills from the improvising artist to keep the listeners’ ears glued to the music. The demonstration is here. Bill O’Connell is woefully under-recorded as a solo artist, given that he has been the rst-call pianist for names like Mongo Santamaria, Sonny Rollins, Gato Barbieri and Jerry González’s Fort Apache Band, to name but a few. On this CD, recorded in a beautiful-sounding concert venue in Rockland County, NY he plays his own compositions with some covers of the standards “The Song is You”, “It Could Happen to You” and “Afro Blue”. O’Connell’s playing is very satisfying, not ostentatious or prone to dramatic e ects, but is focused on careful development and further expansion of initial ideas. Imaginative in spirit, his improvisations are quite controlled, never wild, never cloyingly sweet, yet very lyrical and impressionistic. A rare and winning combination.

“Bill O’Connell continues to be in the springtime of his career and his last few recordings are wonderful testaments to a gift for composition and performance...Latin Jazz is richer for his contributions as he continues to add volumes to the literature of the earthy dialect.” Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network

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