Playscape Releases Ted Rosenthal's The 3 B's - Music of Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Improvisations on Beethoven


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The 3B's is Ted Rosenthal's 7th CD release. It features solo renditions of the music of Bud Powell, Bill Evans and his strikingly original improvisations on Beethoven themes.

“Rosenthal is a pianist of rarest skill, weaving rapid single note lines that span out into rich chordal patterns, parallel octaves and hints of the blues" - Leonard Feather, The Los Angeles Times.

The 3B's showcases Rosenthal on a Steinway concert grand. Of special interest are Rosenthal's improvisatory takes on three Beethoven pieces; two movements from the well known “Pathetique" Sonata, and an extraordinary improvisation on one of Beethoven's final piano masterworks, the last movement of his sonata opus 109. Rosenthal also performs music by, and associated with, two of his jazz piano heroes, Bud Powell and Bill Evans. Tunes such as Tempus Fugit, Waltz for Debby, I Loves You Porgy, and Tea for Two, get striking and personal treatments from Rosenthal who brings a free spirited virtuosity, originality and variety to all of the music he plays.

“Bach, bop, blues, ballads are all fair game for Rosenthal, an inventive pianist with super chops, mercurial wit and abundant imagination." - Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant

Rosenthal is very active on the jazz scene as a solo artist, leader of his own groups, and as a sideman (Gerry Mulligan and Art Farmer Quartets, Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra among many others).

The 3 B's is sure to follow with much acclaim:

“Bud Powell, Bill Evans and Beethoven never had it so good! Ted's interpretation of these three masters is a joy to listen to. This CD has all the elements that make for fine listening...impeccable taste, fine piano artistry and a sense of what is required to produce these elements. Well done, Ted." - George Shearing

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