Leslie Pintchik | So Glad To Be Here

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So Glad To Be Here

by Leslie Pintchik

Not your standard piano trio, this group features unique percussion with lyrical bass and piano arrangements of originals and standards.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All The Things You Are
6:15 $0.99
2. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
4:37 $0.99
3. Scamba
5:57 $0.99
4. Hopperesque
5:41 $0.99
5. Let's Get Lucky
4:42 $0.99
6. Happy Dog
5:11 $0.99
7. Mortal
7:16 $0.99
8. Terse Tune
5:30 $0.99
9. Luscious
4:52 $0.99
10. Something Lost
5:06 $0.99
11. We See
4:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
New York City, June 2004 - Jazz pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik's CD So Glad to Be Here is released by Ambient Records. Sony's Direct Stream Digital (DSD) recording technology captures the subtle shadings of Leslie's piano playing, the singing quality of Scott Hardy's bass and the extraordinary colors and textures of percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.

The Music-Warmth, humor and mystery flavor this mix of original compositions and jazz standards, in a recording that features rich group interplay and lean textures.

Pianist Leslie Pintchik and bassist Scott Hardy have a musical partnership that spans two decades, and together they have built a library of rich original material. The legendary bassist Red Mitchell - with whom they worked at Bradley's in Manhattan - called their music "miraculous... in tune in all ways." On So Glad to Be Here, Leslie and Scott are joined by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, whose highly unusual kit (which includes hand drums, bells, cymbals, etc.) adds a dramatic array of colors to the music. In the liner notes for the CD, James Gavin wrote "Whether composing or playing, she favors delicacy and thoughtfulness over grandstanding, color over volume, spaciousness over clutter.... So Glad to Be Here, her debut CD, offers a wonderfully intimate hour of jazz, created with the help of two musicians - bassist Scott Hardy and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi - whose work is as graceful and lyrical as Leslie's... (an) album of jazz that speaks to the mind as well as the heart."

The Technology-A Substantial Jump Over PCM
Direct Stream Digital, the technology behind the Super Audio CD, represents a significant leap over PCM, the current CD standard. The DSD system uses a 1-bit delta-sigma modulated word, sampled at 2.8224 MHz - that's more than 2 million 800 thousand samples per second. It is a much simpler analog to digital and digital to analog conversion process than PCM and therefore is really more analog-like in sound.

These new Super Audio CD's are available in two versions according to Mark Conese. A "hybrid" version that contains two signal layers - one for CD and one for Super Audio CD. They are playable on all CD players including the new Super Audio CD (SACD) playback equipment, and a single layer Super Audio CD playable only on SACD players. Both types of disc are capable of two-channel stereo and six-channel surround on the SACD layer.

At Ambient Records we have chosen to go exclusively with the hybrid version due to it's backward compatibility with existing CD players. Although we do recommend to anyone interested in the best sound quality to invest in a Super Audio CD player to hear the full potential of these recordings.



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miz mac

absolutely awesome!!!!!!!!!
I agree totally with review submitted by Bob Reilly, can only add,get yourself a copy and one for your friend asap.
It's pure delight.

andreas meyer

perfect chill
If you need to sit back, kick off the shoes and enjoy a deep red with some good friend(s), this is the music to do it by. I mean, think perfect meal, cozy fire, rich wine and chocolate, and beautiful people to hold an actual conversation with. This music is what you will all be drawing back on as you enjoy the evening. For the flirtatious to the coinsure, the performance is stellar and the mood is just blue enough to get your groove on. Cheers.

Bob Reilly

A must have recording that continues to give
Pianist Leslie Pintchik and bassist Scott Hardy, both of whom regularly performed together with the legendary Red Mitchell several years ago at Bradley's in New York, collaborate with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi to form an amazing integrated trio on eight originals, two timeless standards and one Thelonious Monk rarity. As composers, Leslie and Scott offer a rich cornucopia of probing, stimulating jazz filled with a wonderful blend of delicacies which yield new subtleties with each repeated listening. While the entire disc flows with emotion and cascades through the senses, highlights include Scott's airy, deft Latin flavored "Scamba", Leslie's "Hopperesque", a poignant moving tribute to the twentieth century American artist Edward Hopper, "Terse Tune", a riveting number full of finesse and "Mortal", a neatly crafted and arranged palate of sound and space. Equally worthy of attention are: "Let's Get Lucky", a driving, rollicking opus, "Happy Dog", a buoyant bebop tinged tune, "Luscious", a truly tasteful treat and "Something Lost", an exquisite elegy. As for Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "All the Things You Are", Irving Berlin's "You Keep Coming Back Like A Song" and Thelonious Monk's seldom heard "We See", Leslie and Scott bring unparalleled depth and insight to works that have not been overly performed and beaten to death by every jazz musician on the scene. Satoshi Takeishi's percussion adds a remarkable texture and dimension to the music without abandoning the will to swing.

Together Leslie, Scott and Satoshi caress the ear, warm the heart, soothe the soul and enrich the intellect in a most accessible manner creating a beautiful, sensuous mosaic of integrated jazz that expands upon the inner strength of the fabled Bill Evans trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian. What an extraordinary, wonderfully recorded first-rate collection which belongs on the same shelf as the recordings of the aforementioned Evans' trio.