Organist Dan Trudell Unplugs On Much Awaited New Album, Dan Trudell Plays The Piano, out September 15, 2015
Leader of soulful B-3 Bombers gets back to basics in reunion with longtime friend Matt Wilson on drums.
"A unique voice on the piano." - Chicago Jazz Magazine
"Trudell infuses almost everything he plays with at least a whiff of funky jazz, no matter how sophisticated the tune or how complicated the solo. I wouldn't miss him." – NEIL TESSER, GRAMMY® winning jazz journalist
Trudell has worked with a panoply of jazz stars, among them Kurt Elling, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Eric Alexander, Benny Golson, Clark Terry, and Nicholas Payton. One hearing of the album leaves little wonder why. It's a sprightly collection of jazz and pop standards, with two Trudell originals, showcasing Trudell's encyclopedic technique and irrepressible good humor – just two of the qualities that regularly leave his audiences and bandmates beaming.
In keeping with the album's title, even the repertoire is piano-centric. Except for two gems from the Great American Songbook ("That Old Black Magic" and "If Ever I Would Leave You"), it consists of songs written by pianists – Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, and Alicia Keys (whose "A Woman's Worth" receives an especially expressive reading from Trudell). Even Trudell's originals are dedicated to other keyboard giants: "McCoy For Now" (for McCoy Tyner), and "Jonesin’," which honors the great Hank Jones.
Dan Trudell Plays The Piano reaffirms his importance on the Midwest jazz scene. He now makes his home in the resort community of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, which by jazz standards is pretty much the middle of nowhere – some 50 miles from Milwaukee and more than 70 miles northwest of Chicago. He moved there in 2000, attracted by the low-key pace of life and the opportunity to live on a lake, and he hasn't regretted it for a minute.
Links to Dan's new cd will be posted here when they go-live.
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Read Dan's recent review on All About Jazz