Joe Alterman | Piano Tracks, Vol. One

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Piano Tracks, Vol. One

by Joe Alterman

"Joe Alterman has tremendous taste and a passionate respect for swing and space. His touch on the keyboard is reminiscent of pianists from earlier years who listened carefully, felt expressively and actually cared about what the listener heard. Joe is a remarkable swinger and poet." —Marc Myers, JazzWax.com
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Time After Time
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2. Funk A Doodle Doo
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3. I've Got A Crush On You
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4. While You Were Away
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5. The First Night Home
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6. I Cover the Waterfront
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7. Table For Two
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8. (Before You Bring Me My Cornbread) Slap Some Butter On That Biscuit
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9. Last Night When We Were Young
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10. Days of Wine and Roses
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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New Yorker Joe Alterman is a jazz pianist whose playing is a joyous throwback to the keyboard stylists of the 1950s. His remarkable debut CD, Piano Tracks (Vol. 1), was recorded in 2009 and skillfully revives the art of graceful improvisation, which has been lost today on many younger players. On the album’s five standards, Alterman mixes the tasteful phrasings of Red Garland, Ahmad Jamal, Billy Taylor and other piano legends with his own distinct approach. The result is that classics such as "I Cover the Waterfront," "I’ve Got a Crush On You" and "Days of Wine and Roses" sound perfectly fresh and new. By merging the patient touch of past pianists with his own contemporary sound, Alterman manages to revitalize the familiar, rekindling memories of why you started listening to jazz in the first place. On the album’s five original compositions, Alterman strives for a cozy feel that makes soulful use of swing and the blues. Born in Atlanta, Alterman, 21, studied with pianist Gary Motley (now director of jazz studies at Emory University). At New York University, Alterman studied piano and harmony with Don Friedman. Alterman has performed at New York’s Blue Note and has played with Brian Lynch, Ralph Lalama, Billy Drummond and Mike Richmond, among others.


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