janotta

The namesake of Shepherdstown’s jazzy, funky, jammy Ginada Piñata, piano player Sam Jannotta, stepped out on his own in November with a seven song EP, “Pushing Back Time.”

With a little help from local drummer extraordinaire Jeff Cosgrove, it’s an intriguing set of quasi experimental stuff, mostly stripped down to Cosgrove’s thinking man’s playing and Jannotta’s peerless piano skills.

“The Deepest Ocean” is the only track on it that welcomes in an assist, and it comes in the form of Lisa Sue Lafferty, who scats all over a gorgeous performance that’s equally ferocious and poignant. Her vocals help, adding weight to an already powerful composition that entails a rollercoaster of emotions, speeding up to slow down, embodying strength before succumbing to beauty. It might not be for everyone, but for those who dig this kind of stuff, you’d be hard pressed to find anything — or anyone — better in a 40-mile radius. Jannotta is one of this area’s most fruitful talents and adding Cosgrove and Lafferty to the cast only makes this a can’t miss film.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic

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