Amazing multicultural jazz pianist album Guy Mintus – Connecting The Dots

Amazing multicultural jazz pianist album Guy Mintus – CONNECTING THE DOTS:  The first thing you’ll realize as you listen to Guy’s jazz piano on this amazing multicultural jazz piano album is that his playing is more full-bodied than any other jazz pianists you’ve ever listened to… before I move ahead with the review, I’d ask that you watch a video performance of Guy’s original composition, “Dalb“, performed live at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center; I just loved his vocal scat work on this piece….

…as you saw & heard, Guy’s piano is just amazing, and his bandmates Dan Pappalardo/bass and Philippe Lemm/drums compliment his lively performance with gusto (on the album, they are also joined by special guests Dave Liebman & Sivan Arbel). 

I have no doubt that jazz DJ’s across the globe are going to be spinning the amazing Mintus original “Samarkand“… a superb blend of cultures, and jazz piano that is definitely the “wave of tomorrow”… excellent “conversations” between all the players are happening over the entire 6:00 length of the piece… a LOVELY and unique composition… Guy even “tweaks the strings” a bit… you’ve GOT to hear this one!

The trio’s performance on a Horace Silver tune titled “Yeah!” will “wow” your ears, and stick in your head for days… the energy is palpable; it’s the kind of performance that demands repeated plays.

Jazz piano legend Arturo O’Farrill says that Guy is “a mad scientist/none does it like him”, and I don’t think there could be a better description… you’ll hear why when you listen to my personal favorite of the ten-song album… the opener, “Koan“,  starts off with a mellow piano intro, but at about the 1:40 mark, the trio begins to soar into the stratosphere… well-recorded and magnificently performed, I (truly) believe this is the most energetic piano jazz tune I’ve heard (yet) in 2019!

I give Guy and his trio a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this excellent jazz journey!  Get more information at Guy’s website.           Rotcod Zzaj



Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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