Larry Tarof | C is for Cosmopolitan

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C is for Cosmopolitan

by Larry Tarof

Cocktail bar piano-based jazz with lush sound. Sometimes uptempo, energetic and rich -- other times soft, sensitive, and exquisite. You'll listen over and over.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nightcap
3:55 $0.99
2. Bellini
3:59 $0.99
3. Morning Glory
5:03 $0.99
4. Waiting for Ellie
3:38 $0.99
5. Mint Julep
2:28 $0.99
6. Pink Lady
4:41 $0.99
7. Manhattan
3:45 $0.99
8. Kahlua
3:48 $0.99
9. Caipirinha
5:14 $0.99
10. Rick's
3:45 $0.99
11. C is for Cosmopolitan 1st Allegro
3:58 $0.99
12. C is for Cosmopolitan 2nd Andante
2:40 $0.99
13. C is for Cosmopolitan 3rd Presto
4:14 $0.99
14. Manhattan (Piano Solo)
3:45 $0.99
15. Pink Lady (Piano Solo)
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
"C is for Cosmopolitan" features lush, rich, fill-the-room piano-based original compositions.

On piano is the classically trained and technically adept Larry Tarof (aka "Dr L" from Ottawa, Canada). Drawing on classical influences such as Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Chopin, musical theatre influences such as Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz and jazz influences such as Oliver Jones, Vince Guaraldi and Michael Feinstein, the chord arrangements, harmonies and counterpoints are alive and complex, and hopefully satisfying for the listener. Arpeggios and runs permeate the arrangements to round out the sound. Always musical, never merely virtuoso.

Joining on drums for the uptempo numbers is the versatile Carlo Maragno. The first thing you'll notice is that these drums don't just keep the beat. Varied influences are drawn from to energize the already rich and active piano arrangements into a heightened musical place. Whether the straight ahead "Nightcap", the 6/8 "Morning Glory", the samba-like "Caipirinha" (the national drink of Brazil), the title track or any of the others, the drums are truly their own musical instrument.

Joining on cello for two of the ballads is the expressive Sonya Matoussova. Her emotional phrasing and interpretations lift the already lush piano arrangements to a truly romantic place.

There are some piano solos, too. Listen for the multiple voices of melody, counterpoint and harmonic interest. In particular, "Rick's" is reminiscent of the smoky bars of "Casablanca".

Dr L's music sets the ideal mood for private parties, drinks establishments, and personal contemplation.

Nightcap suite:
1. Nightcap -- Emin, straight ahead 4/4
2. Bellini -- Cmaj, straight ahead 4/4
3. Morning glory -- Emin, 6/8

Waiting for Ellie suite:
4. Waiting for Ellie -- Eb maj, ballad, lots of counterpoint
5. Mint Julep -- Cmaj, 4/4 uptempo
6. Pink Lady -- Eb maj, ballad, lots of counterpoint

7. Manhattan -- Fmaj, ballad
8. Kahlua -- Fmin uptempo "A" section, modulated keys from there, softer middle section
9. Caipirinha -- Am samba-like base
10. Rick's -- nominally Fm, think the movie "Casablanca"

C is for Cosmopolitan suite:
11. Allegro -- Cmin 4/4, Ab blues middle section
12. Andante -- nominally Gmaj
13. Presto -- Cmin 4/4 opening, modulations from there

Solo piano bonus:
14. Manhattan -- Fmaj ballad
15. Pink Lady -- Eb maj, ballad, lots of counterpoint

All compositions ©2006-2009 Larry Tarof/Dr L's Music



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Phil Rushworth

Jazz that you will be whistling to
This is a great jazz piano (and sometimes drums) album. The tunes are catchy and you will find yourself singing them in your head. You may even end up improvising your own solos over the chord changes. Get this album!

Jamie Anne Bentz

A Gem of Modern Jazz
C is for Cosmopolitan clearly offers more than a unique, crisp, yet exquisitely poetic sound—although it certainly does offer that—it offers an experience that rejuvenates and redefines what music should be. Tarof, through his inspiring playing and riveting compositions, has successfully mastered a product that takes a holistic approach that so many musicians forget to nurture: he offers isteners with a sound that is both emotionally inspiring and soothingly natural.

Tarof is artistically meticulous is sculpting what truly is a moving story in each of his jazz-inspired, rhythmically-pulsed pieces. The romantic exposé of ‘Waiting For Ellie ‘, painted through flowing piano melodies and wonderfully sculpted dynamics, offers a thrilling contrast to the lively, completely relatable and modern sculpture of ‘Morning Glory’ (one can almost smell a fresh brew of coffee and the happy jumble of busy streets on a weekday). His pieces offer lyrics in themselves; his songs are individual journeys that complement each other as a whole.

Tarof adds texture to his work as he features the stylings of Sonya Matoussova, particularly in the moving piece, ‘Pink Lady’, ensuring that the added cello offers a second character to the piece. Similarly, the numbers that feature the talented Carlo Maragno have been carefully chosen, indeed: Maragno’s beats that duet with Tarof’s piano, particularly in the catchy, ‘Beillini’, compliment fabulous piano scats which are, in themselves, beautiful additions.

Through careful, never dissonant, composing and polished playing that neither rambles nor falls short of its artistic summit, Cosmopolitan is a treat that deserves far beyond a mere ‘C’.

‘A +’ is for ‘Amazing’. '

Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review

A nice spotlight on one of Canada's leading jazz piano lights
If you wonder what it is about this research scientist's (hence the 'Dr.' tag) jazz piano that grabs you by surprise, it might be because he cites Vince Guaraldi and Oliver Jones as his primary influences. Easy cats to dig that knew how to bring jazz to the masses. This ambitious set of originals puts a nice spotlight on one of Canada's leading jazz piano lights who apparently has enough patents under his belt to tell his parents he did what they wanted him to do, now it's his turn. Fun, breezy stuff that sounds like the sound of a cat finally doing things his way and being able to make the most of it. Well done.