One of the many beauties of jazz is how well a composition stemming from nearly any genre or cultural background can be improvised upon and taken through any number of permutations while still retaini

One of the many beauties of jazz is how well a composition stemming from nearly any genre or cultural background can be improvised upon and taken through any number of permutations while still retaining its distinct personality. Here, Italian pianist Pieranunzi, joined by two Americans —bassist Johnson and drummer Baron—interpret compositions by the Italian composer Enrico Morricone—compositions that were originally components of film scores. While lay jazz fans looking for yet another date of oft-interpreted standards will almost certainly find nothing to latch onto, discerning listeners will revel in discovering these elegant, classically-tinged pieces. Although the material may be unfamiliar, the melodies are so strong and the playing so subtle—and filled with sympathetic interplay—that, by the end of each piece, the music becomes a familiar friend.—SG

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