Janice Friedman Trio – Live at Kitano

The piano-led trio is a staple of jazz. And when it’s presented with freshness and energy, the results can be wonderful. So it is with Janice Friedman Trio’s Live at Kitano (Consolidated Artists Productions, 2015).

Pianist Janice Friedman is joined on this date by drummer Victor Lewis and bassist Ed Howard. The songs are recorded from a July 20, 2011, performance at Jazz at Kitano in New York City.

On your mark, “Get Set” begins the show in delightful fashion. This brief selection showcases Friedman’s ability to get the audience engaged from the first note. One of three Friedman originals, it’s a promise of things to come. Think Bill Evans, Erroll Garner or any of several other classic jazz pianists. About midway through is a playful call and response between Friedman and Lewis.

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