Jack Reilly recorded this album in 1988 at Maybeck recital hall and once again establishes himself as one of the ne plus ultras of this jazz genre. His technical skill and mastery of the piano are unparalled and certainly deserve wider recognition.
His homage to Chopin has a definite piquancy and the mix of "A Train" lends itself beautifully to this interpretation. "It Don't Mean A Thing" is transmogrified into a lustrous display of musicianship in this dreamy solilioquy.
"Someone To Watch Over Me" is a spirit filled 'nitid' infused display of dexterity. Ideation abounds as Reilly uses all that the piano has to give and then some. This tune has a beautiful melody and Reilly never lets it die in improvisation. As I once mentioned about Jack Reilly, "there is no thin gruel in his work."
The changes to "I Got Rhythm" are a definite departure from the usual fare and get off the ground in a hurry. "Willow Weep For Me" Striding right into the heart of the matter, Jack Reilly closes out the concert with a short but mighty sweet rendering of this old chestnut.
Reilly is clearly influenced by Bill Evans with a nod to Bud Powell, but by combining these influences he has molded his own unique style that is an art form unto itself.