Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Larry Taylor
Pianist Kenny Werner, though comparatively unsung, has been appreciated by many since forming a trio in 1981. He is also known for his series of stellar duos with harmonica virtuoso Toots Thieleman. Additionally, he has done yeoman duty with guitarist John Scofield, bassist Dave Holland and saxophonist Joe Lovano, all the while - for more than 20 years - working as arranger and accompanist for singer Betty Buckley.
Me, Myself and I was recorded solo in Montreal, Canada at the small Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill club, in June, 2012, during the city's renowned jazz festival. Of this engagement, Werner says that the "ideas just kept flowing." He was feeling so good about his playing that he mentioned it to owner Joel Giberovitch, who decided to make a live recording. This is the satisfying result.
From the get-go, Werner's relaxed and lightly swinging style is apparent. Of the seven sides, one is an original; the others are pop and jazz standards. The intimate setting is conducive to long takes - four of them last from 10 to 13 minutes or more - giving ample opportunity to stretch and extend his ideas. ... read more...
Personnel: Kenny Werner (piano).
Liner Note Author: Kenny Werner.
Recording information: Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, Montréal, Québec (06/28/2011-06/29/2011).