I myself met Alberto at The Orsara Jazz Camp/Festival. He was accompanying many of the young singers at the jazz camp. I was quite taken with Alberto as he is just a great person to have around. He gives off a positive, motivating energy for life, and the music. As a pianist, and musician in general Alberto has great command of the old styles in jazz, as well as the more progressive post bop style as heard on this CD. His multi-style skills give him a great mix of the old school and the new school. It is a magical skill to have.
Right from the jump with "157th and Broadway" a Pibiri 16 bar minor blues original I hear Sonny Clarke, Wynton Kelly, and McCoy Tyner mixed in his playing. "Brighter Days" a beautiful Stryker tune indeed speaks of happiness. The piano solo is just fabulous on this one. One of my favorites is Daves "Bird Flew"- a Bird-like head over Confirmation changes. You can add Thelonious Monk, and Bobby Timmons into the mix in Alberto's playing. He has a beautiful way of grabbing a little of all those influences, and injecting them into his own voice. The CD finishes with "Strikology", a nice up- tempo post bop Stryker line over Lazybird changes. It shows Alberto's great technical proficiency as the melody of the tune sounds like it demands great attention in the practice room. Alberto tears up the changes on this one.
To me it sounds like this recording was swinging hard from the first downbeat to the end. With five of Alberto's compositions, and four of Dave Strykers, this CD is well thought out, and has a great flow from start to finish.
With "NYC", Alberto Pibiri's debut CD as a leader, we have music that stands tall: full of emotion, and credibility. With this project he has clearly established himself as a wonderful jazz composer, and pianist extraordinaire.
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