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Charl du Plessis
Do you recall Jacques Loussier? He is a French pianist and composer. He is well known for his jazz interpretations in trio formation of many of Johann Sebastian Bach’s works, such as the Goldberg Variations.
I still have the original Philips cassette of Play Bach that Loussier recorded in 1959. If that’s your bag, then you will really love Charl Du Plessis’ albums.
Charl not only plays a jazz version of the classics but is adept at giving new life to some old show tunes such as Gershwin’s I Loves You Porgy from the Broadway hit Porgy and Bess. Remember the Jimmy van Heusen composition Here Comes That Rainy Day?
The South African pianist and composer Hotep Idris Galeta died on November 3, 2010 and is remembered by Charl with his recording of Bolero for Nefertari. Billie Holiday’s God Bless The Child is rendered by Charl as a sensitive and introspective piece.
These are four of 12 tracks on the Trio album. I saw the trio in action at the Market Theatre during the recent Joy of Jazz festival where the band received a standing ovation.
The trio is: Charl du Plessis (piano, Fender Rhodes, Vibraphone, Hammond B3), Werner Spies (bass) and Hugo Radyn (drums). This trio is tight; they communicate well and produce splendid jazz.
Roots of Paul Hanmer
The competition today is sponsored by Sheer Sound who are offering five of pianist Paul Hanmer’s CDs titled Roots of Paul Hanmer. It is “hensop” time as I have to admit to being a long-time fan of Hanmer’s playing. As every one of the 14 tracks on the album are original Hanmer compositions, I won’t list the titles.
The CD is a compilation of many of Hanmer’s recordings, so the musos change on almost every track.
This is good Seffrican jazz and Hanmer knows his music and his followers. You should find this album in every local music store. It certainly belongs in your local jazz collection.
Competition: Which musical instrument does Paul Hanmer play?
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