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Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

Rick Germanson Trio

Off the Cuff

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Milwaukee-born pianist Rick Germanson heads another trio session on Off the Cuff, his third album as a bandleader. Exceptionally crisp engineering brings out the richness of the bass from fellow Milwaukeean Gerald Cannon as well as the sticks and brushes on the kit of one-time Cannonball Adderley drummer Louis Hayes. Germanson’s keys explore a wide palate of bop moods with cerebral and soulful finesse. Germanson incorporates originals and remakes from sources both expected (Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen) and surprising (Burt Bacharach). Though he may no longer hang his hat in Milwaukee, Germanson shows the city’s ability to incubate quality traditional jazz.