[PSR#071613]
PERSONNEL
Ted Rosenthal- piano
Martin Wind- bass
Tim Horner- drums
TRACKS
1. Rhapsody In Blue
2. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
3. Fascinatin' Rhythm
4. I Loves You Porgy
5. They Can't Take That Away From Me
6. Strike Up The Band
7. Someone To Watch Over Me
8. Love Walked In
about
Playscape Recordings is proud to release Rhapsody in Gershwin (PSR#071613), lead by veteran pianist Ted Rosenthal, along with his flagship trio, featuring bassist Martin Wind and Tim Horner on drums. On Rhapsody in Gershwin, his 6th release with Playscape Recordings, Rosenthal pays tribute to eight of George Gershwin's most popular compositions beginning with an extended trio arrangement of "Rhapsody in Blue". "I like to add some of my own jazz improvisations in the cadenza sections," Rosenthal writes in his liner notes. "Since Gershwin himself did not have the time to write down his solo cadenzas at the premiere, it's a natural way for me to expand and personalize the piece." Additional arrangements include Gershwin's witty "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," among others.

 

 
reviews

Rosenthal's 15th release as a leader, "Rhapsody In Gershwin" utilizes the basic trio format to pull off the orchestral splendor of the original intent with tons of jazz shadings in eight standards.
— Carol Banks Weber, Examiner.com

They form an organic group that sounds like they were born to play together. "Rhapsody in Gershwin" is a very special musical treat.
— Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz

Complex rhythms, lightning-quick runs, distinctive harmonization, melodic fluncey, and inventive improvisations make Rhapsody In Gershwin a refreshing approach to classically familiar material.
— Elliott Simon, NYC Jazz Record

This is a exceptionally well-conceived album, certainly one of Rosenthal's very best, and a fine salute to Gershwin.
— Thomas Cunniffe, Jazz History On-Line

Rosenthal has used the term derangements to describe his versions of Strike Up The Band and Love Walked In, and in both cases, the interaction of three brilliant musicians adds new vibrancy to an old chestnut.
— Bobby Reed, Downbeat

Ted Rosenthal is a polished pianist with eloquent flexibility.
— Pierre Giroux, Audiophile Audition

This cat and his band sure can swing.
— Nick Bewsey, Icon

Rhapsody in Gershwin is small ensemble jazz at its transformative best.
— Jack Goodstein, BC Blog Critics