“2011 RECORD TO DIE FOR” Stereophile
“10° INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD” Nominee “Best Tribute Album”
“TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2010” Cadence Magazine
“NEW 10 BEST SONGS OF 2010” Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes
--CD & 40-PAGE FULL-COLOR BOOK.
A unique, intimate piano-solo journey inside the special world of Earl Zindars, prominent and prolific jazz and classical composer (Chicago 1927- San Francisco 2005).
Fourteen great compositions from the Earl Zindars songbook, some of them never released before, freely adapted by Luciano Troja, a sensitive, creative and renowned Italian jazz pianist.
Earl Zindars is well-known for the close friendship and musical empathy with the legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans, who played and recorded his compositions along his entire musical career.
The CD is accompanied by a 40-Page Full-Color Book with rare photos and first-hand testimonies.
Five years long to complete the work: through New York City, where the CD has been recorded, and San Francisco where Luciano met Zindars family. The composer's wife Anne, singer and composer, co-author of many songs ( How My Heart Sings); his daughters Helene, a renowned soprano, and Karen, who had an important run as a classical dancer. They have been very helpful and loving with Luciano to deepen the personality of Earl Zindars.
The CD contains also “Roses For Annig” his final piece composed less than a month before he passed away, dedicated to his beloved wife for 43 years.
All compositions by Earl Zindars
except “How My Heart Sings” written by Anne & Earl Zindars
and “Earl And Bill” written by Luciano Troja
Zindars Publishing Company
All Rights Reserved
“16 jewels strung together into a luminous arc of meditation”
Thomas Conrad, Stereophile
"Troja illuminating the music from his point of view and invites us to discover the uniqueness and the beauty of this music.”
Stefano Zenni, Il Giornale Della Musica - Italy
“It is one of the better new piano CDs I have heard in a while.There are still many great up-and-coming artists emerging, but far fewer poets. Here is a chance to discover one.”
Maxwell Chandler, Jazz Police
“Luciano's solo work is touching and deeply moving" CD Discovery of the Week
Marc Myers, JazzWax.com
“ A perfect tribute to Earl Zindars”
Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene
“A CD to savor for many reasons”
Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes
"This is a loving project… listeners who know the Evans’ versions will admire Troja’s careful, tender lyricism, his delicate way with a melody, his harmonic variety, the sound he gets from the piano”.
Michael Steinman, Cadence
“ An unexpected treasure trove of new musical delights”.
Brad Walseth, Jazz Chicago.net
“It would be an injustice to appoint high points in an exquisite album ... Troja has shown (and continues) to be one of the most original and interesting piano voices emerged in recent years. "
Marcello Morales, El Intruso Jazz Magazine - Argentina.
“A very beautiful gift for piano aficionados and for all those who love elegant music.”
Roberta E. Zlokower, Roberta On The Arts
“A marvelous performance..Troja's tribute to Zindars is not only relaxing and charming but intellectually challenging”. Edward Blanco, Ejazznews
"This is an important achievement and a treat for fans of the genial, evocative style that Zindars - and Troja- so successfully mine”
Alan Young, Lucid Culture
“Anyone who likes the piano for all the right reasons will have a friend in this one”
George Harris, The Jazz Messenger
“A solid, ambitious work” Midwest Records
“An extraordinary labor of love… Troja is the perfect musician to take us on this journey”.
Don Netsky, Rochester City Newspaper