|Somewhere - The Songs Of Leonard Bernstein|
has been called the Diana Krall of jazz instrumentalists, thanks to his
sophistication, artistry and accessibility. Born into a musical family,
he has played piano nearly all his life--Charlap is 38--first as a sideman
for the likes of Gerry Mulligan and Tommy Flanagan, now as the leader
of his own trio (with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washiongton,
no relation). As evidenced by his latest Blue Note CD, SOMEWHERE--THE
SONGS OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN--and by his recent appearance at Catalina Bar
& Grill, Charlap has become a master on his instrument, a breathtakingly
original stylist right up there with Monk, Tatum and Ahmad Jamal.
Bernstein has never sounded better in a jazz vein thanks to Charlap's virtuosic way with his showtunes.