In case you missed it (as I had) I just wanted to add a big +1 to Mikey's recommendation of Arturo O'Farrill's Live in Brooklyn. This is as good as it gets, a live set of some stonking piano jazz beautifully captured in a superb recording. This is a rare treat: great music and demonstration-quality sonics. Reviewer 'Kate Says' on amazon.com says:
[O'Farrill] is one of a handful of jazz pianists out there who can play in any style - and be audibly comfortable in any of them - without losing himself and by mesmerizing the audience phrase by phrase. O'Farrill's Cuban family background makes him at home in the Latin jazz category but I assure you his approach to swing era ballads, bebop and hard bop tunes is as inventive, musically exciting and technically sound as could be. On this album you will find straight out Latin sounds ("Vieques"), and subtly Latin-tinged arrangements of tunes by Carla Bley, Horace Silver, and Wayne Shorter. I particularly am enchanted by O'Farrill's masterpiece arrangement of Ellington's "In A Sentimental Mood" which is followed - how's that for a turnaround - by Monk's "Well You Needn't". Great praise also for Andy Gonzalez on bass and superb drummer Dafnis Prieto...
From $7.85. Five strutses out of five with a bullet!