9 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington epitomize the technical refinement, attention to songcraft, and devastatingly deep swing feel that marks jazz at the very highest level. On Uptown, Downtown, the trio celebrates 20 years together, choosing tunes from the very slow (“Bon ami”) to the hair-raisingly brisk (“The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else”), achieving a radiant lyricism and groove throughout. In this group’s hands, the venerable Ellington pick “Sophisticated Lady” sounds utterly and uncannily new.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington epitomize the technical refinement, attention to songcraft, and devastatingly deep swing feel that marks jazz at the very highest level. On Uptown, Downtown, the trio celebrates 20 years together, choosing tunes from the very slow (“Bon ami”) to the hair-raisingly brisk (“The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else”), achieving a radiant lyricism and groove throughout. In this group’s hands, the venerable Ellington pick “Sophisticated Lady” sounds utterly and uncannily new.

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