ALAN PASQUA

Post Bop / Post-Fusion Contemporary / Fusion • United States
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Alan Pasqua, Professor of Jazz Studies at USC, was born in New Jersey and began studying piano at the age of seven, playing both classical and jazz. He attended Indiana University and received his bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory. While performing a concert at Carnegie Hall, Pasqua met the legendary drummer Tony Williams. Pasqua was asked to join The New Tony Williams Lifetime along with guitarist Allan Holdsworth. After recording two “Lifetime” albums for Columbia Records, Pasqua relocated in Los Angeles. His career in L.A. broadened as he started playing with more rock and pop artists. He has been a member of the bands of Bob Dylan and Santana. Some of his other pop album and touring credits include: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Queen Latifa. In addition, he has worked with composers John Williams, Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, Jerry Goldsmith and Henry read more...
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ALAN PASQUA Milagro album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Milagro
Post Bop 1994
ALAN PASQUA Alan Pasqua Dedications album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alan Pasqua Dedications
Post Bop 1996
ALAN PASQUA Russian Peasant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Russian Peasant
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1999
ALAN PASQUA My New Old Friend album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My New Old Friend
Post Bop 2005
ALAN PASQUA Solo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2006
ALAN PASQUA Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Standards
Post Bop 2007
ALAN PASQUA The Antisocial Club album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Antisocial Club
Fusion 2007
ALAN PASQUA Twin Bill : Two Piano Music Of Bill Evans album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Twin Bill : Two Piano Music Of Bill Evans
Post Bop 2012
ALAN PASQUA Northern Lights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Northern Lights
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2017
ALAN PASQUA Soliloquy album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Soliloquy
Post Bop 2018
ALAN PASQUA Day Dream album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Day Dream
Post Bop 2020

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ALAN PASQUA Soliloquy

Album · 2018 · Post Bop
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Just like most other fusion fans in the 70s, my initial introduction to Alan Pasqua was through his work with Tony Williams and Alan Holdsworth in Tony’s second Lifetime outfit. Although he was working in the shadow of Holdsworth’s rising star, Pasqua still managed to shine on his own with some Herbie Hancock influenced funk fusion on the electric keys. Over the years, Alan moved beyond the aid of the electronics and began to record more as an acoustic pianist playing post bop and contemporary originals. This leads us to Alan’s latest opus, “Soliloquy”, on which he takes on the ultimate challenge, a solo piano date. Alan’s set list on here is mostly standards, with a couple of pop tunes thrown in as well, but everything blends into a smoothly flowing fifty minute concert.

Alan’s piano style seems to pull from many influences, the expected Bill Evans post bop is here, but also some things that reach back further to the era of Ellington and Art Tatum, and all tempered with a laid back lounge type feel ala Ahmad Jamal. Pasqua’s arrangements are imaginative as he re-constructs the harmonies and melodies on many of these well known tunes. Some songs may be barely recognizable at first, which only makes them all the more interesting. The best tracks are the several Ellington covers. The Duke’s music gives Alan the most to play with harmonically, and Pasqua responds by endowing Ellington’s music with subtle classical flavors. If anyone has ever doubted the connection between Ellington and French impressionism, you can really hear it here.

Although “Soliloquy” is an inventive jazz performance, it also functions well as sophisticated background music, and I seriously doubt that was by accident. Saying an album makes for good background may sound like a slight, but it isn’t at all, creating the perfect mood for a romantic dinner and a bottle (or box) of wine is an art in itself. Whether as a deep listening experience, or just ambience that even a non-jazz fan would enjoy, “Soliloquy” is quite simply a beautiful piano performance.

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