Ted Rosenthal Trio – New Tunes New Traditions

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“After winning first prize in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition in 1988, Ted Rosenthal recorded his debut as a leader for the obscure Ken Music label. The young man is joined by a heavyweight rhythm section consisting of Ron Carter and Billy Higgins. It’s easy to understand why Rosenthal won the piano competition, as his interpretations of several Monk pieces demonstrate considerable creativity by a relatively young player. The trio tracks include a rollicking arrangement of Monk’s “San Francisco Holiday,” which incorporates a bit of Raymond Scott-like humor and Latin rhythm, along with a romp through “Rhythm-A-Ning.” Rosenthal’s solo feature is a richly textured treatment of Monk’s “‘Round Midnight” that is elegant without becoming mere cocktail piano. Trumpeter Tom Harrell added on several tracks, including a breezy setting of Monk’s “Hackensack” and Rosenthal’s driving post-bop vehicle “Straight Beyond,” which crackles with the fire of Harrell’s horn. Harrell is also present on Rosenthal’s poignant, lonely waltz “Valse Désespérée,” a haunting melody. Carter and Higgins provided outstanding support throughout the session. Ted Rosenthal’s recording debut as a leader is well worth acquiring.” – Ken Dryden/AllMusic.


Bass – Ron Carter
Drums – Billy Higgins
Piano – Ted Rosenthal
Trumpet – Tom Harrell (tracks: 3, 4, 8)


Release Date: 1989
Duration: 01:04:35
Recording Date: October 20, 1989 – October 21, 1989