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Magical Mystery (200g)

Artist: John Di Martino
John DiMartino - Magical Mystery 200g Vinyl LP
Label: Venus
Regular Price: $30.95
On Sale For: $20.12 
Year: 2007
Format: Vinyl - Audiophile


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Audiophile quality, limited 200-gram vinyl LP edition!  Japanese import.

Philadelphia-native composer, arranger and pianist John di Martino is a versatile musician who is equally comfortable in the straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz and world music scenes. di Martino has released several well-received leader albums from the Japanese Venus Records, with different rhythm sections, under the moniker "Romantic Jazz Trio."

This latest release is an ambitious project: An entire album of Thelonious Monk compositions plus an original composition by the pianist (the title track). The uniquely awkward and logical Monk tunes are difficult to perform in a piano trio setting, but di Martino more than succeeds in fiercely reimagining them and gives us a stunning performance after another.

The two co-conspirators, bassist Essiet Okon Essiet (Dollar Brand, Art Blakey, the Blue Note All-Stars) and Victor Jones (Lou Donaldson, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie) are equally versed in non-traditional beats and rhythms, and they contribute significantly to the proceedings. The vivid and powerful sound is also a plus. Very highly recommended!

Recorded at The Studio in New York on June 1 & 2, 2007. Engineered by Katherine Miller. Mixed and Mastered by Venus 24bit Hyper Magnum Sound: Shuji Kitamura and Tetsuo Hara. Cutting engineer: Kazumi Tezuka.

John Di Martino (piano); Essiet Okon Essiet (bass); Victor Jones (drums)
  1. Epistrophy
  2. Criss Cross
  3. Bemsha Swing
  4. Ask Me Now
  5. Rhythm-A-Ning
  6. Round Midnight
  7. Well You Needn't
  8. Pannonica
  9. Eronel
  10. Ugly Beauty
  11. Magical Mystery
  12. Blue Monk
  13. In Walked Bud
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