Piece Comment

Review of Denny Zeitlin - Jazz Perspective

This is a somewhat interesting opportunity to listen to the very pretty jazz of a little-known performer. But what does the fact that this man is a psychiatrist have to do with the story? The topic is raised and then dropped as we go on to hear the performer talk about a handful of pieces of his music. Why bring it up? It raises expectations in the listener that don't get realized.

The man profiled is engaging, but there doesn't seem to be enough time allowed to get to know him. There are long-ish clips of music, music analysis, and the subject's personality all crammed into a 3 1/2 minute piece. Maybe a little less might have yielded more.