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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: CM121018
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 875531016291
  • Street Date: 08/09/19
  • PreBook Date: 07/05/19
  • Label: Cellar Live »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: 57:43 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2019
  • Box Lot: 150
  • Territory: WORLD EX JP
  • Language: English


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PJ Perry & Bill Mays - This Quiet Room

The boundless creativity of Perry and Mays demonstrates that there is much to unpack & discover by exploring these tunes

PJ Perry & Bill Mays - This Quiet Room
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There are, of course, great solo performances and recordings within the history of jazz music. But, whether it is Joe Pass interacting with his tapping (Barry Harris likes to say "patting") left foot, or Erroll Garner's vocalized growl that acts as a near-constant background hum, it is the interaction (or, in the case of Bill Evans), the "interplay" that occurs between musicians (or with an imagined other) that imbues jazz with its vibrancy, its conversational nature, its effervescent bounce. A simpatico musical approach is crucial to the success of any improvisational recording, of course, but perhaps especially so in the case of a duo performance. And what a good musical relationship has been established here between Canadian saxophonist PJ Perry and the California-native, pianist Bill Mays.

Track Listing

  • Parisian Thoroughfare
  • In My Life
  • Laird Baird
  • Medley: The Folks Who Live On The Hill / Two For The Road
  • Alice Blue Gown
  • There's A Small Hotel
  • Beija Flor
  • East Of The Sun
  • This Quiet Room

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This Quiet Room (Cellar Music - 21018) finds alto saxophonist PJ PERRY and pianist BILL MAYS making wonderful music together. Their eclectic program demonstrates their versatility, and the specific song selections speak to their excellent taste. There are tunes written by bebop giants Bud Powell, 'Parisian Thoroughfare,' and Charlie Parker, 'Laird Baird;' a couple of lesser known, but lovely tunes, Bernie Senensky's 'In My Life,' and Michel Legrand's 'This Quiet Room;' and a brief trip to Brazil for 'Beija Flor.' Of course they examine several standards. Mays does a solo take on 'The Folks Who Live on the Hill' that transitions to a duo reading of 'Two for the Road.' An unusual selection is the inclusion of the 1919 tune 'Alice Blue Gown,' a pretty song not often assayed by the jazzmen of today. The remaining songs are 'There's a Small Hotel' and 'East of the Sun,' both played with a strong dose of originality. Perry is Canadian, and not a household name stateside, but he should be. Mays is simply one of the premier jazz pianists on the scene. Together they have produced an album that is interesting and imaginative, one that draws you in immediately, and never lets go.

     —Joseph Lang, Jersey Jazz

This duo's release on the CellarMusic label This Quiet Room brings together individuals who are given to smooth interplay and an easy give and take. This begins with pianist's Bud Powell classic 'Parisian Thoroughfare' which for anyone who has either live

     —Pierre Giroux, Audiophile Audition


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