Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Randy Ingram "The Wandering"

Don't ever lose track of the name Randy Ingram. He is a pianist in the league of Bill Evans, Fred Hersch and Enrico Pieranunzi. In other words, emotion is everything and every note has meaning. It is unusual to find such wondrous beauty in a young pianist. He has in fact been mentored by Hersch, and you're going to hear it in his rapturous touch, gorgeous phrasing and lyrical compositions. His originals often sound like the themes for European art films, much like those of the aforementioned Enrico Pieranunzi. On this stunning session he weaves his musical spell only with veteran bassist Drew Gress. It is, to be sure, intimacy, beauty and artful communication of the highest caliber. In addition to his creative and versatile original works, Ingram brings a few jazz standards. Among them is the masterpiece by Jimmy Rowles, "The Peacocks". It has by now become a staple in the jazz "book", and Ingram brings to life the obligatory gentle spirit of this work. Cole Porter's "Dream Dancing" is examined with affection, and "Show-Type Tune" is a Bill Evans creation with a charming, optimistic melody line. Simply put, Randy Ingram has it all going for him. He's a shoo-in for a Classic Pianos live date, and you may quote me: it WILL happen.
Sunnyside Communications; 2017; appx. 61 min.

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