There are some pianists who dazzle with their touch and technique. There are others who knock you out with their restless creativity or erudition. Then there are those who seduce you by evoking emotions of vulnerability, joy and rage, playing as if they are telling you a story. What makes Joe Chindamo different is that he is one of the few who can integrate all these qualities.
Joe Chindamo stands strong for the music in his own unique way. Personality projected through the music is an important factor in determining the ‘uniqueness’ of an artist. Joe is unique and special as his music reflects. He therefore stands alone in many positive ways.
The artistry of Joe Chindamo is a special case, for his talent is so vast and deep that it transcend both stylistic and cultural considerations. His tone, touch and technique at the keyboard are outstanding in whatever idiom one wishes to place him.
“I first met Joe around 10 years ago. During a stay in Melbourne he asked me to play on his record and the music was so wonderfully written, it was a session I never forgot. Several years later we toured Australia with Billy Cobham and it was a pleasure to get to know him also as a great player and person.
Music-loving Australians have long been aware of Joe Chindamo’s prodigious pianistic talents, now it’s time for the world to become aware of his extraordinary musical gifts.
It is always a pleasure anytime I can play with Joe Chindamo. His sense of melodics and improv is a catalyst for my own performance. When we are on the bandstand together, I’m happy just to lay back and listen to Joe’s magic on piano. He is truly a gifted musician.
He has that Bill Evans knack for bringing unlikely material into his own orbit.
No matter how over-played the tunes — and the 13 tracks here by songwriter Paul Simon have been covered dozens of times — Chindamo has the rare ability to turn them into personal musical statements. Chindamo has an amazing harmonic sense and great time that enables him to imbue these songs with a fresh vitality. He continues to raise the bar of excellence with each new disc.
The Melbourne pianist knows how to deconstruct and rebuild, how to refashion the familiar without losing it’s essence. The musicianship and interplay shine through and more often than not the familiar is transformed.
Given his attraction to melody, it makes sense for Melbourne pianist Joe Chindamo to spend an album on the songs of Paul Simon. Casting familiar material in a new light — revising the harmony and rhythms while retaining the melodic essence — is something Chindamo has always enjoyed. He excels here. Chindamo displays masterful touch and enjoys tasteful support from bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer David Beck.
Local composer and pianist Joe Chindamo has rifled through his flower-power records and put the mojo into Mrs Robinson so to speak. Chindamo is challenging audiences to resist singing along to his interpretations of Paul Simons hits