Magazine article IAJRC Journal

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Magazine article IAJRC Journal

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Jack Reilly

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Composite personnel: Jack Reilly (pno) Joe Maneri (ts,cl,voice) Norman Mameli (ts) Harvie Swartz, Jack Six (bs) Joe Cocuzzo, Ronnie Bedford (dms) Sheila Jordan (vcl); Recorded at various locations (see review below) between October 4, 1982 and October 29, 1995

Fantasie (into) I Got Rhythm/Willow Weep For Me/How Deep Is The Ocean/Slow Boat To China/Death (for the left hand alone)/Elegy for Samuel Barber/Tandemoniam/The Conversation/Little Old Lady/Benedictus/It Don't Mean A Thing (into) Prelude In G Minor/Chorale in C# Minor TT: 67:33

The title of this unusual program of music is taken from an Albeit Camus quote "There is no true creation without secrecy". It took me a while to figure that one out but I believe it means that creation is so mysterious that we cannot conceive of it in a conscious manner or verbalize it very well. That being the case, this CD is properly titled.

The disc is a composite of several sessions but it is definitely not the culls from other recordings. I would say the opposite is true, it is the very best of these sessions but I have no way of knowing that for sure as I have not heard the total content of the various outings. The first two tunes are the result of a live concert at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory in Boston, back in October 1982. The first tune is a solo piano effort and the two songs just evolve together in a wonderful creative fashion. The second tune Willow Weep for Me is a trio effort by Reilly, Harvie Swartz and Ronnie Bedford and is the most swinging jazz number on the disc. Following that are 4 selections from the Guinness Jazz Festival in Cork, Ireland back in October 1995 and they are the third, fourth, fifth and ninth tunes on the disc. All are solo piano efforts and very well done. Three of the four are well known songs and the fourth, Death, is a Jack Reilly original. …

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