Radar: Michael Wolff, in a Solo Piano Mode, Reaches for His 'Zenith'

May 12, 2017

michael wolff :"Zenith" CD cover

On Zenith, Michael Wolff approaches the solo piano encounter with masterly mischief, attitude and gratitude for those who came before, including John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Jerome Kern. He also looks to present-day artists like Sufjan Stevens, makes a homegrown nod to New Orleans, and toasts his wife, noted actress and director Polly Draper.

Wolff has worked with Cannonball Adderley,Cal Tjader and Nancy Wilson; led the TV band on Arsenio Hall's late night show, and led his own trios and expanded groups. But this one (by only one) just might feature some of his best playing yet.

1) The Doc 2) Giant Steps 3) Makin' Whoopee 4) Flint 5) Euphoria 6) All The Things You Are 7) Blue Couch

8) Billie's Bounce 9) Cry me A River 10) Little M11) Madimba/St. Thomas 12) Polly 13) Too Long At The Fair 14) Hush