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Album review: 'Stained Glass & Technicolor Grooves' 

Misha Piatigorsky Trio

"Stained Glass & Technicolor Grooves"

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Even though many of the genre's CD's are recorded in studios, jazz is still primarily a live art form, with the players reacting to each other in a certain place, at a certain time. Listening to the live recording "Stained Glass & Technicolor Grooves," you can feel the excitement in the room at the Glen Rock Jewish Center in New Jersey, as pianist Misha Piatigorsky plays with his bandmates Charlie Dougherty on bass and University of Rochester alumnus Sam Fishman on drums. Piatigorsky, who came to the United States from Russia at the age of eight, won the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition for composition. Since then he has lent his talents to Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, and many others.

If this album is any indication, that composition award was well deserved. Piatigorski's original tunes like "Nachlaot" and "Where's The Sun?" are highly original showcases for his bluesy playing. He's equally formidable when he takes on a classic like "Afro Blue" or a more recent pop tune like "Pure Imagination." On the album's last four tracks, the trio is joined by saxophonist Jeremy Fishman, who is especially strong on the set's closer, "I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free." Note: this album is hard to find online; the best place to hear the music, listed above, refers to the band as "The Sam Fishman Trio featuring Misha Piatigorsky."

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