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December 21, 2009

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TCHAND6650

THANKS FOR THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE JOE ALTERMAN RELEASE. I DOWNLOADED IT FROM ITUNES. I'M A OLD TIMER, BUT I FOUND THE MUSIC TO BE TIMELESS. YOUR WORDS ABOUT IT WAS ONE THE MARK. I WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO FOLLOWING HIS JAZZ PATH. HAPPY TRAILS

LATER,
CHANDLER

Mike Milner

Hi Marc

First of all; Season's Greeting and all the best for 2010 to you and yours! Being a huge fan of the classic piano trio format, I was very excited to read your article about Joe Alterman. I purchased his album "Piano Tracks Volume 1" from itunes and was not disappointed. His respect for the masters is obvious in his renditions of the various classic standards and on his own compositions (I personally feel that the interpretation of a standard is the acid test for any jazz musician). I agree with you about his performance of “I Cover The Waterfront”, it is outstanding. His Red Garland influenced right hand reached out and grabbed me right away. You could close your eyes for a minute and almost hear Paul Chambers and Art Taylor accompanying him on what sounded like a classic Prestige recording from the late fifties. The blues "Before You Bring Me Cornbread, Slap Some Butter On That Biscuit" had me thinking Oscar Peterson all the way. In addition to the influences discussed in your interview, I thought I could hear some Vince Guaraldi type chord voicings here and there as well.
I agree it is crucial to recognize the great artists who came before you, and use their influences to develope your own particular style. Hopefully Volume 2 isn’t far off!

Cheers and thanks again

Mike

gary bodner

i know nothing about music but anyone listening to this cd would know what a true genius musician joe is . each note seems so specially executed and each tract pulls you in begging you to listen.

this young kid will go all the way

gary bodner

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