His third solo recording, Solo Voyage, has just been released by MAXJAZZ, and it features an engaging amalgam of his originals and compositions by some of his favorite composers, including Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter.
The centerpiece of the recording is the title track, a twenty nine minute suite that includes eight compositions designed to be played all at once, or separately. In addition to acoustic piano, Zeitlin augments this unique musical montage with some very tasteful synthesizer. Zeitlin created Solo Voyage as a homage to his lifelong friend, Bill Young, who passed away during the recording and the music has a strong emotional component.
Reviews"Solo Voyage finds Zeitlin comfortably mixing well-known tunes like Dave Brubeck's 'In Your Own Sweet Way,' Wayne Shorter's less-recorded 'Miyako,' and Monk's 'Bemsha Swing' with his own compositions and a number of free improvisations. Zeitlin embraces a complete view of the jazz tradition, with an evolved sense of stride propelling 'Cascade' and a more abstract impressionism characterizing the gentle 'Quiet Now.' He's also not averse to embracing technology, utilizing synthesizers to either create subtle orchestration, as he does on 'Prelude,' or to provide a sequenced backdrop for his imaginative reading of 'In Your Own Sweet Way.' - All About Jazz