As Never Before

CAM5028 2008-05-06

Track List

Soundings - 6:53
Improheart - 3:17
A Nameless Gate - 6:45
As Never Before - 7:50
Many Moons Ago - 9:13
Impromind - 3:19
Song For Kenny - 6:52
Time's Passage - 7:04
Winter Moon - 7:21


Enrico Pieranunzi - piano
Marc Johnson - acoustic bass
Joey Barron - drums
Kenny Wheeler - trumpet, flugelhorn

Enrico Pieranunzi and Kenny Wheeler, two magnificent soloists and equally important structural columns of the CAM Jazz catalog, are together again: the Anglo-Canadian trumpet and flugelhorn player is co-leader with the Roman pianist and two other musicians of uttermost significance such as doublebassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joey Baron in “As Never Before”, an album of clear and rare expressive elegance.
Recorded on November 30 and December 1 of 2004, in the renown Bauer Studios in Ludwigsburg, Germany, “As Never Before” contains nine tracks, seven of them compositions by Pieranunzi and two collective improvisations that further illustrate the elevated degree of harmony between the four musicians: Johnson and Baron build, as one can well note, what Pieranunzi loves to define as “the trio of my heart”. A harmony that during the entire album translates into music of great lyrical sense, of profound melodic breadth, rich with blissful collective and individual invention.


On earlier CamJazz albums like 'Live in Japan' and 'Ballads' and two revelatory recordings of Ennio Morricone film music, this group has established itself as one of the premier piano trios in jazz.
Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes - August 2008 read the full article

Congratulations to Enrico Pieranunzi for his album "As Never Before" that Stuart Broomer (All About Jazz—New York,, Thomas Conrad (Stereophile, JazzTimes) selected in their top 10 of 2008 for the Village Voice critics poll.