Erci Legnini

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COMPOSERS: Erci Legnini
LABELS: Label Bleu
ALBUM TITLE: Miss Soul : Eric Legnini Trio
WORKS: Erci Legnini
PERFORMER: Eric Legnini (piano), Rosario Bonaccorso, Mathias Allamane (bass), Frank Agulhon (percussion)
Not the most famous Belgian-born


jazz musician, but Legnini has built

a tidy-sized discography since 1987,

when he cut his first album at 17.

This enjoyable release should earn

him a few more admirers.

In fact, Legnini is of Italian

extraction, as his surname might

suggest, and despite the Gallic

connections his playing often has a

distinct Latin/Mediterranean feel.

His main influences, though, are

the post-bop pianists that flourished

throughout the 1950s and early

1960s. These are acknowledged

by a couple of Phineas Newborn

compositions (including the excellent

‘Back Home’) and ‘Horace Vorace’,

his tribute to Mr Silver, but he is at his

most individual on subtle and elegant

reworkings of earlier standards, like

‘For all we know’ and ‘Prelude to a

Kiss’, which best demonstrate the

quality of his harmonic and timbral


imagination. Barry Witherden