Eugen Cicero Trio – Phoenix (1993)

EugenCiceroPhoenixFCWhat made Cicero unique? To my ears it is one single thing: Cicero, when compared to the few others whose fusion of jazz and classical music put them on the map, is simply more authentic. When compared to Jacques Loussier, for example, Cicero seemed to approach things with a jazz heart, instead of imposing jazz on classical or traditional material. Cicero quotes classical elements and uses them as decoration or transitional elements, but they rarely become or stay the main focus of his music. I think the third disc in the set shows that best when he rolls out madly swinging traditionals, effortlessly switching between a classical approach and a pure jazz one. Often he uses his brilliantly pearly right-hand runs to segue into a rock-solid triplet feel. Cicero had a passion for jazz and it can be witnessed all throughout his oeuvre. (Volkher Hoffmann)

This album is a unique example of the brilliant music of Eugen Cicero.

Pege Aladar (bass)
Eugen Cicero (piano)
Ringo Hirth (drums)

01. Cicero’s Traviata (Verdi/Cicero) 4.35
02. Cicero’s Albinoni Agagio (Albinoni/Cicero) 4.38
03. Cicero’s Puccini  (Puccini/Cicero) 4.33
04. Cicero’s Rachmaninoff  (Rachmaninoff/Cicero) 4.10
05. Cicero’s Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky/Cicerto) 4.34
06. Sunny (Heble)
07. Cicero’s Brahms Symphonie (Brahms) 3.40
08. Cicero’s Chopin Nocturne (Chopin/Cicero) 4.15
09. Rhapsody In Blue (Gershwin/Cicero) 5.06
10. Cicero’s Swinging Mascagni (Mascagni/Cicero) 5.20
11. Autumn Leaves (Cosma)  5.04
12. Cicero’s Mozart Concerto (Mozart/Cicero) 4.31
13. Träumerei (Schumann/Cicero) 4.01
14. Someday My Prince Will Come (Churchill) 3.02