Eugen Cicero – Rococo Jazz 2 (1987) (Timeless Records)
1987 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers (400Dpi) | 347Mb+8Mb
Eugen Cicero (1940-1997) was a Rumania piano virtuoso with full command in both classic and jazz , recorded numerous records bewteen 1965 and 1997 based on Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert,Lizst and other classic repertoire which he unites harmonically with swing and jazz improvisations. He was active mostly in Europe during his lifetime , a cult figure in Japan but is relatively unknown in US. However, his artistry should never be overlooked.
What differs Eugen Cicero from Jacques Loussier trio, Claude Bolling etc. is he employs a much wider mangitude of jazzy/funky medlodic line, voicing and rhythm plus a much wider repertoire. He is less serious about maintaing the original classic framework and more flexible about expanding the expression of his musical ideas.
Jazz fans usually find crossover not real jazz, classic fans will feel crossover material superfical. However, this album is not crossover or smooth jazz, it is music style of Eugen Cicero's his own, nobody plays like or sounds like Eugen Cicero. He plays "Twinkle, twinkle little star" with swing , blues, R&B and classic alternatively and his interperation of Bach Toccata in D-minor is way more exciting than Jacque Loussier trio. In the Riverside In Rondo, the well known spiritual is blended with Mozart- like Rondo and Boogie Woogie, music playing with humerous wisdom and excitement indeed.