Review: Leslie Pintchik — In The Nature Of Things

Leslie Pintchik’s album In The Nature Of Things will be released in Manhattan just about the time you receive your copy of The Jassman.
NYC-based jazz pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik taught English literature (as a teaching assistant) at Columbia University, where she also received her Master of Philosophy degree in seventeenth-century English literature. Leslie first surfaced on the Manhattan jazz scene in a trio with legendary bassist Red Mitchell at Bradley’s. Red chose Leslie (along with guitarist Scott Hardy) for the warmth and powerful interplay he heard in their music. Red Mitchell wrote “Leslie Pintchik and Scott Hardy play miraculous music – in tune in all ways. And you can quote me on that.”
I couldn’t phrase that any better. The first thing that strikes the listener is the sensitivity of this band from the opening tune, With You In Mind, composed by Leslie, to an elegant rendition of Lerner & Loewe’s I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face.
This quiet time jazz during which you will listen to outstanding musi-cianship and musos who understand and communicate with each other. No raucous jazz here, but that is what you would expect from an ex-English teacher. Be entertained and educated simultaneously by some seriously competent musicians.
Go to www.lesliepintchik.com and listen to the tracks before ordering.