I Love Paris
Reviews: Showtunes & standards, broken-up by some originals & a touch of bop. Most of these are swinging trio pieces, with Aaron relying on his right hand to reveal the melody in short, quick phrases. The title cut is finger-snappin' fast with Jay Epstein hustling along on the drum kit as Aaron & Lewis take turns surfing the melody. "Skylark" is a showpiece of sensitivity with a thoughtful bass solo. Dizzy's "Con Alma' is played briskly, with percussive piano, tinkly cymbals and strutting bass lines. In "Stella By Starlight", Aaron is at his best, with an introspective introduction and some of the longer right hand runs on the disc. This trio works very well together, maintaining the integrity of each piece they play! - Cadence Magazine Phil Aaron's got a ready sense of swing, a bright and warm sound, and an arranger's flair for putting new saddles on old warhorses. A solid and satisfying set of piano trio jazz, stoked by a standout rhythm section - bassist Lewis & drummer Epstein. Mr. Aaron has gone to the Great American Songbook and ripped out choice pages; and also penned a couple of tuneful originals. The Bill Evans-ish "Firefly Waltz", has an ear-grabbing drum intro by Epstein, while "California Song" sports a bucolic '70's rock feel. Yet, the unsung hero of "I Love Paris" is bassist Tom Lewis, who contributed arguably the hippest two tracks of the set - "Old World Blues" & "Hard Ball." - Tom Surowicz, Midwest Jazz Magazine. Aaron has a smooth, even touch that produces a sparkling sound, and plays flowing, graceful, and spirited lines that are a delight to hear. He gets solid support from highly interactive trio mates, bassist Tom Lewis and drummer Jay Epstein. The emphasis is on swinging versions of standards to which the trio's subtle rapport and constant and pleasing interaction brings an interest and freshness. - Bob Protzman, St. Paul Pioneer Press.
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