Paolo & Stephanie • I Love Erroll, I Love James P.

I would hope our readers know by now to seek out any new album from Paolo Alderighi and Stephanie Trick. They've been on our cover both together, and in Paolo's case separately, and we've given glowing reviews to their previous efforts, Two For One, and Broadway and More. Known for their exhilarating live performances featuring four hands piano they each bring a unique musical identity to their playing. Stephanie comes from a stride background, and went through a professional phase playing in the style of Fats Waller. She’s especially devoted to Waller’s teacher, James P. Johnson, whose work she explores here. Paolo on the other hand has always touted as his primary influence a later pianist, Erroll Garner, who was known as a stylistic interpreter of what had by then become standards. On this unique double album both Stephanie and Paolo honor their influences and hopefully help share them with a new generation. Normally a duo on their recent albums, each has a full CD here mostly without the accompaniment of the other. That duality provides an opportunity to deeply compare both their differences and the works of two jazz legends not often considered in contrast. This is an important milestone in each of their careers. Paolo's disc is perhaps more unique in that twelve of the fourteen tracks are Garner compositions. Aside from his classic "Misty" Garner isn't particularly
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