John Pizzarelli

Hit That Jive Jack!

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John Pizzarelli's second recording as a leader is actually one of his weakest dates. Pizzarelli's singing was already distinctive and his guitar playing quite swinging, but roughly half of the songs on this CD reissue use pop or funk rhythms. Having not quite found his niche yet, Pizzarelli does perform five numbers associated with Nat King Cole but his renditions of "Racing With the Moon" and the standard "Nobody's Heart" are disappointingly poppish, and his two originals are forgettable. Despite the strong backup (either the quartet of pianist Dave McKenna, second guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, bassist Jerry Bruno and drummer Butch Miles or the trio of bassist Gary Hasse, drummer Stephan Ferrera and the atmospheric harmonica of Hugh McCracken), the uneven material and arrangements make this a lightweight effort.

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