Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Back and Forth

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Back and Forth

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Luke Celenza Quartet

Back and Forth

2012 private recording

Lucas Pino (ss, ts) Luke Celenza (p) Joshua Crumbly (b) Jimmy MacBride (d)

Three Point Five/River Rhodes/Back And Forth Prelude/For Charles/ Jupiter Interlu de/Blues/Jupiter And Mars/131/Back And Forth/Mudslide /Mars/ Back And Forth Reprise. TT 48:00

As a 21 year old student at the Manhattan School of Music, Luke Celenza obviously has potential as demonstrated through this recording. All the selections are his own compositions and his piano playing is very good - informed by the classic piano trio styles of the past while bringing some modern pop sensibilities to the tunes themselves.

My reservations about the disc are that some of the compositions seem a little ill-formed. "Mars" and "131" for example seem more like unrealized fragments than actual statements, with short duration and apparently unrelated ideas - the latter tune seems to be a bare framework for a drum solo in a couple of moods. …

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