Of course I like this review of MIKE LeDONNE’S SPEAK CD because its good but it’s more than that. It’s thoughful and you can tell that a) the reviewer really actually listened to the cd from start to finish and b) he read the notes and actually understood what the CD was about. Nice one!
The Mike LeDonne Trio – SPEAK: Every musician/band has “energy”… what many don’t have that Mike & his trio exhibit in abundance is – POWER! Mike’s piano is a large factor in the generation of that, but bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth both amplify the experience – any way you listen to this music, it’s an inspiring experience, not to be missed. Verify that by scoping out “Suite Mary III – Play“… man, this is JAZZ, people, better than any “average band” you’ll listen to anywhere on the planet! The tune that got my vote for favorite out of the nine excellent tracks offered up was “Blues For McCoy”… I haven’t heard keyboard energy like this (yet) this year – superb piano jazz that gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from my ears, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99.
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