Sony's Direct Stream Digital (DSD) recording technology captures the subtle shadings of Leslie's piano playing, the singing quality of Scott Hardy's bass and the extraordinary colors and textures of percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.
Pianist Leslie Pintchik and bassist Scott Hardy have a musical partnership that spans two decades, and together they have built a library of rich original material.
The legendary bassist Red Mitchell - with whom they worked at Bradley's in Manhattan - called their music "miraculous … in tune in all ways." On So Glad to Be Here, Leslie and Scott are joined by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, whose highly unusual kit (which includes hand drums, bells, cymbals, etc.) adds a dramatic array of colors to the music. In the liner notes for the CD, James Gavin wrote "Whether composing or playing, she favors delicacy and thoughtfulness over grandstanding, color over volume, spaciousness over clutter....
So Glad to Be Here, her debut CD, offers a wonderfully intimate hour of jazz, created with the help of two musicians - bassist Scott Hardy and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi - whose work is as graceful and lyrical as Leslie's.... [an] album of jazz that speaks to the mind as well as the heart."
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