Gene DiNovi's Generations Trio
The Three Optimists
Gene DiNovi, one of the pioneer pianists of New York's 1940s bebop scene, returned to an active career in jazz some fifteen years ago. He has recorded and performed in Canada, Japan and the U.K. - either with conventional support of bass and drums or in duet settings with bassists such as Dave Young.
This new combination features the guitar work of Andrew Scott, an up and coming Canadian jazz stylist whose family supported Gene's endeavours when he arrived in Toronto in 1972. In a sense one could say that this trio is reactivating a jazz setting once very popular through the work of Nat Cole, Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum.
The music comes from the group's debut concert at Toronto's Old Mill Restaurant. It was recorded for later broadcast on the city's Jazz-FM radio station. The concert theme was the interaction between Broadway and 52nd Street in the 1940s and there are some well chosen (but lesser known) songs from such masters of the idiom as Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and the Gershwins. There is also a riveting treatment given to Duke Ellington's Jump For Joy - a show which never made it to Broadway.
You can hear the authority of Gene's bebop chops (as well as the dexterity of both Andrew Scott and Dave Young) in an extensive work through various melodies built upon I Got Rhythm changes.
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