Enrico Pieranunzi

No Man's Land

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Enrico Pieranunzi is a talented pianist greatly influenced by Bill Evans. His sensitive interpay with bassist Marc Johnson (an alumnus of Evans' trio) is impressive while drummer Steve Houghton plays quietly and with great subtlety throughout the fine trio set. Pieranunzi has a romantic streak in his style (best displayed on the classical-oriented "No Man's Land") but he can also cook and swing hard; "Land Breeze" and "If I Should Lose You" are good examples of that side of his personality. The five originals and three standards cover a wide area of emotional ground. Enrico Pieranunzi may not be an innovative pianist but listeners who enjoy Bill Evans' music will certainly like this release.

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