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In This Moment

by Michael Kanan Trio

Jazz standards and a few original compositions played in a lyrical, swinging style, with a warm sound and joyful energy.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Silver Line (Live)
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2. On the Sunny Side of the Street (Live)
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3. Arlen Medley: I've Got the World on a String / Let's Fall in Love (Live)
8:15 $0.99
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4. The Man That Got Away (Live)
8:48 album only
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5. Scrapple from the Apple (Live)
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6. For Jimmy Scott (Live)
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7. Kern Medley: I've Told Ev'ry Little Star / I Won't Dance / Nobody Else but Me (Live)
10:16 album only
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8. Gershwin Medley: But Not for Me / Love Is Here to Stay (Live)
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9. Mr. Rhyme (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Michael Kanan trio came together 5 years ago, and from the beginning, their mission was clear: swing! Whether playing original compositions, jazz classics, or a selection from their vast repertoire of Great American Standards, the trio plays melodies that sing and rhythms that dance. The group is always engaged in a three way conversation in which any of the instruments might suggest a new direction. They have a nearly telepathic rapport which creates a sound both historic and very much of the moment.

All the players reside in New York. Pianist Michael Kanan and bassist Neal Miner have been playing together for 25 years, and for the last 10 years have both been in the group of vocal great Jane Monheit. Michael and guitarist Greg Ruggiero met 7 years ago and their mutual understanding was intstant. When the trio first played together they found a sound that was already greater than the sum of its parts. Each member was in search of the same things: clear melodies, a blended sound, and the 'big' beat. The group relies on instinct on rapport more than arrangements. Their performances often sound like an arrangement when the band is actually improvising.

Reviewer Michael Steinman (jazzlives.wordpress.com) has this to say about "In This Moment":

"The trio is the embodiment of fraternal love and understanding; the laughter the three friends share before they begin to play bubbles through the night’s performances. Michael, Neal, and Greg are compelling soloists but they play for the sake of the band and the music at hand. They know that music doesn’t have to abrade to catch our attention, that a two-chorus solo might be all that’s needed. Their music is never immodest or coarse; it never says LOOK AT US. And light-hearted performances have an airy grace; rueful melodies never become maudlin. Tenderness is at the heart of it all. Even the most familiar songs glisten. When I hear this trio play, I go home feeling as if I’d been dipped in some sweet elixir, not available online."

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