Title - The Mask-erade Is Over
Artist - Dave Miller Trio
For those unaware, Dave Miller, whether heard leading his own trio or interacting with his daughter, the talented jazz singer Rebecca DuMaine, is a top-notch pianist whose classic style recalls George Shearing, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, and Dave Brubeck; but in his own voice, of course.
Indeed, during the past few years, pianist Dave Miller has been featured on a variety of memorable recordings including his own, Just Imagine and several projects toboot.
Named The Mask-erade is Over as a reminder of the Covid pandemic, Miller is heard in top form on his latest recording, that is for sure.
Joined by bassist Andrew Higgins and his longtime drummer Bill Belasco, Dave Miller creates a well-rounded set that mixes together familiar numbers with superior obscurities.
2. Be Careful Its My Heart
3. The Masquerade is Over
4. The Opener
5. Someday Ill Find You
6. You Dont Know What Love Is
7. Yardbird Suite
9. In Your Own Sweet Way
10. The Blue Room
12. Why Did I Choose You
14. Just Imagine
Taking concise solos that make every note count whilst always getting his swinging message across, this highly enjoyable new album opens with the jaunty classic bebop of Anthropology and the quieter, fine dining room ambiance of Irving Berlins Be Careful Its My Heart, and backs those up with the orchestrally magnificent The Masquerade is Over, the fun and perky, yet weirdly obscure Bill Evans The Opener, the mid-tempo, dancefloor twirl of Noel Cowards Someday Ill Find You, and then we get the achingly beautiful You Dont Know What Love Is.
Next up is the upbeat, finger-snapping Yardbird Suite and the free flowing majesty of both Estate and In Your Own Sweet Way, which are in turn followed by the layered hipsway of The Blue Room, the dulcet yearning of Dusty, the piano gossamer of Why Did I Choose You, the album rounding out on the upbeat Hallucinations, closing on the laid back swansong of Just Imagine.
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