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Penant, Renaud Trio / I Want To Be Happy
Album:I Want To Be Happy Collection:Jazz
Artist:Penant, Renaud Trio Added:04/2015
Label:Iti Records 

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Add Date:2015-06-26 Pull Date:2015-08-28 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
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Reviewed 2015-06-23 
PIANO TRIO JAZZ

This French born, NYC-based drummer isn’t well known: I found no online articles on him nor reviews of this album. Still Penant is working steadily in Manhattan jazz clubs: his web site lists frequent gigs around town. Here he leads a piano-bass-drums trio through a set of upbeat, happy, melodic tunes. We get a couple old Broadway songs; the rest are covers of compositions by famous jazz masters. It’s light going, enjoyable, nightclub jazz.

All instrumental. No FCC issues.

1 * Very fast. Often sung tune from “No No Nanette” (1920s). Bright, galloping piano melodies; quick flourishes on drums. (5:22)
2 * Mid-fast. Hip, swinging melody. Good rhythm. (7:21)
3 Mid-tempo. Easy ramble on the ivories with little ornamentation. Steady rhythm. (6:59)
4 Fast. Cole Porter classic done too fast IMO. A bit heavy handed as well. (8:20)
5 Fast. Spirited toe-tapper by the great bebop pianist Bud Powell. (5:20)
6 Very slow. The only ballad here. Pretty, but sleepy. (9:29)
7 ** Very fast. Another bebop challenge for the pianist (I liked this more than #5). Some nice breaks by the bass and the drums make this fun and interesting. (8:14)
8 Mid-fast. Usually a slow love song (see Shirley Horn), here it’s amped up. (12:07)
9 * Mid-tempo. Swingin’ and pleasant. There’s a rare bass solo. (5:49)

Track Listing
1.I Want To Be Happy 5.Elegy
2.So Do It 6.Autumn In New York
3.Quasimodo 7.Bean And The Boys
4.Love For Sale 8.Once I Loved
 9.The Newest Blues