NYC Jazz Record Review – RE: Person I Knew
Phil Palombi RE: Person I Knew – A Tribute To Scott LaFaro – (2011) | By Ken Dryden
Published: 2011
Featured Artist: Phil Palombi

CD Title: RE: Person I Knew – A Tribute To Scott LaFaro
Year: 2011
Record Label: LeGoat Records
Style: Straight-Ahead / Classic
Musicians: Phil Palombi (bass), Don Friedman (piano), Eliot Zigmund (drums)

Bassist Phil Palombi takes special care in this tribute to the gifted bassist Scott LaFaro, who was killed in an automobile accident at age 25. LaFaro’s 1825 Abraham Prescott bass was loaned to Palombi for this recording but Palombi doesn’t simply rehash a lot of songs that LaFaro recorded during his short life; in fact, only two of the compositions here were played by LaFaro. Instead Palombi recruited two musicians he had played with individually: veteran pianist Don Friedman and drummer Eliot Zigmund, best known for his work with Bill Evans in the mid to late ‘70s. READ MORE

Jazz Times

Phil Palombi
Re: Person I Knew: A Tribute To Scott LaFaro
Le Goat
By Bill Milkowski

Commemorating 50 years since the legendary bassist’s untimely passing, Phil Palombi plays the restored 1825 Prescott upright that once belonged to Scott LaFaro. Joined by one-time Bill Evans drummer Eliot Zigmund and veteran pianist Don Friedman, he performs two Evans staples, “Turn Out the Stars” and the title track, as well as a number of thoughtful originals. Palombi’s exceptional facility and musical depth is showcased on three unaccompanied pieces and a stirring duet with Zigmund on LaFaro’s signature tune, “Gloria’s Step.” READ MORE