Piano Jazz

Últimas Entradas

Review by Scott Yanow Ray Bryant’s first solo piano album is rightfully considered a classic. Bryant, at the time thought of as a young modern traditionalist, has always felt perfectly at home playing the blues. He performs five original and diverse blues on this set along with “Lover Man” and “Rockin’ Chair,” showing that he really never needed a bassist ...

Review by Scott Yanow This 1988 reissue brought back one of pianist Ray Bryant’s favorite trio records. Supported by either Bill Lee or Arthur Harper on bass and drummer Mickey Roker, Bryant is typically soulful, swinging and reasonably explorative on nine songs (including a previously unreleased version of “Django”) that are highlighted by “Con Alma,” “Milestones,” his popular “Cubano Chant” ...

Good Deal is a typically fine record from the Three Sounds, who were beginning to hit their stride when this session was recorded in May of 1959. Like most of their records, it’s laidback – even when the group works a swinging tempo, there’s a sense of ease that keeps the mood friendly, relaxed and mellow. Balancing standards like “Satin ...

Pistas: A1 – On Green Dolphin Street     2:16 A2 – Ruby     3:08 A3 – Invitation     2:58 A4 – Secret Love     2:16 A5 – An Affair To Remember (Our Love Affair)     2:30 A6 – The High And The Mighty     2:09 B1 – Exodus (Main Theme)     2:00 B2 – Laura     4:32 B3 – Three ...

The In Crowd is a live album by the Ramsey Lewis Trio which was recorded in 1965 at the Bohemian Caverns nightclub in Washington D.C. and released on the Argo label. Review by Michael G. Nastos Ramsey Lewis staked his claim to fame with The In Crowd, an instrumental version of Dobie Gray’s Top 40 hit. He also was one ...

Review by Ken Dryden Kenny Barron was honored as an NEA Jazz Master on January 12, 2010, and it was a recognition that was due. Since entering the jazz scene in the early ’60s, he has made his mark as a sideman (especially with Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz), solo pianist, leader, and composer. These 2009 sessions pair him with ...

The In Crowd is a live album by the Ramsey Lewis Trio which was recorded in 1965 at the Bohemian Caverns nightclub in Washington D.C. and released on the Argo label. Review by Michael G. Nastos Ramsey Lewis staked his claim to fame with The In Crowd, an instrumental version of Dobie Gray’s Top 40 hit. He also was one ...

Tracklist A1 – You’re Devastating A2 – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes A3 – Let’s Begin A4 – I Won’t Dance B1 – Lovely To Look At B2 – Yesterdays B3 – The Touch Of Your Hand Credits     Bass – Norman Edge     Drums – Charlie Persip     Piano – Morris Nanton Notes Recorded December 12 and 19, 1958, ...

Tracks:A1 West Side Story Medley 11:58 A2 People 5:15 B1 Something You Got 3:30 B2 Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) 6:00 B3 My Babe 3:47 B4 The Caves 3:10 B5 The Shelter Of Your Arms 3:40 Piano – Ramsey Lewis Bass – Eldee Young Drums – Red Holt Cello – Eldee Young (B3) Recorded by Edgewood Recording ...

Review by Scott Yanow Although bassist Ray Drummond is the leader of this trio set, he shares the spotlight quite evenly with pianist Hank Jones and drummer Billy Higgins. Drummond contributed two originals (including a tribute piece to Higgins) but otherwise the repertoire is comprised of jazz standards including “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be,” “Whisper Not,” “Love Walked ...

01. Serenata (Leroy Anderson) 4:4802. Bash! (Dick Morgan) 3:30 03. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (Traditional) 2:11 04. Mr. Wonderful (Bock-Holofcener-Weiss) 3:29 05. If I Should Lose You (Robin-Rainger) 4:51 06. Settlin in (Dick Morgan) 4:19 07. Take the A Train (Billy Strayhorn) 4:06 08. Work Song (Nat Adderley) 2:57 09. Ill Take Romance (Oakland-Hammerstein II) 4:48 10. ...

Review by Scott Yanow For this CD reissue, pianist Billy Taylor is features on eight songs with his trio of 1954 (which included bassist Earl May and drummer Percy Brice); the four originals (which alternate with standards) were all dedicated to disc jockeys of the time. The trio was pretty tight with Taylor in the lead and, although boppish, it ...

Review by Zac Johnson An in-depth 18-track overview of the career of soul-jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, demonstrating his range from hard bop stylist to his later easy listening jazz interpretations. Tracklist: 1 The “In” Crowd     7:20 2 Limelight     2:24 3 Delilah     5:26 4 Black Eye Peas     2:42 5 Carmen     2:53 6 Sometimes I Feel Like ...

Tracks:   1 –  Again (Cochran  Newman)    2 –  Zulu  (Weston)    3 –  Pam’s Waltz  (Weston)    4 –  Solemn Meditation (Gill)    5 –  If You Could See Me Now (Tedd Dameron)    6 –  Sweet Sue (Harris  Young) Randy Weston piano Sam Gill bass  (except 5) Art Blakey drums  (except 5) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, ...

Review by Scott Yanow The great stride pianist Ralph Sutton was in Europe when he recorded this live concert with Dutch drummer Ted Easton’s quintet. The repertoire is mostly filled with Dixieland and New Orleans warhorses (the exceptions are Benny Carter’s “Blues in My Heart,” “Sunshine of Love,” and “Emaline”), but the musicians make the music sound fresh and generally ...

Review by Stephen Cook Having already dedicated half of 1953’s Cross Section to numbers with Machito’s band, it was no surprise that Bill Taylor’s 1954 follow-up, Trio with Candido, would feature more Latin touches — this time with star Cuban conga player Candido. In line with fellow jazz pianists George Shearing and Red Garland, Taylor doesn’t incorporate the Cuban clavé ...

John Arthur “Jaki” Byard (June 15, 1922 – February 11, 1999) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger. Mainly a pianist, he also played tenor and alto saxophones, among several other instruments. He was known for his eclectic style, incorporating everything from ragtime and stride to free jazz. Byard played with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in the late 1950s and ...

01. Close Your Eyes (5:30) 02. That Old Feeling (4:12) 03. I Didn’t Know About You (4:22) 04. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (6:02) 05. Something Cool (4:10) 06. Where Or When (6:59) 07. Day-Dream (4:52) 08. Brown-Eyed Beauty (6:40) 09. Black Coffee (5:38) 10. Golden Earrings (3:33) 11. Don’t Smoke In Bed (4:28) 12. Too Marvelous For words ...

Review by Scott Yanow For a time in the early 1990s, some of the CDs from the Japanese DIW label were made available domestically through Columbia. This trio date by pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jack DeJohnette has Mabern originals dedicated to Sonny Stitt and Wayne Shorter, plus some offbeat standards and a pair of rarely performed ...

Pistas 01. A Night In Tunisia / (Gillespie-Paparelli) 02. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe / (Arlen-Harburg) 03. I´m Gettin Sentimental Over You / (Bassman-Washington) 04. Prelude To A Kiss / (Ellington-Mills-Gordon) 05. Tangerine (Schertzinger-Mercer) / 06. Strike Up The Band (Gershwin) 07. Over The Rainbow (Arlen-Harburg) / 08. I´ll Keep Loving You (Powell) 09. You’d Be So Nice To ...

Biography A solid bop-based pianist, Eddie Higgins has never become a major name, but he has been well-respected by his fellow musicians for decades. After growing up in New England, he moved to Chicago, where he played in all types of situations before settling in to a long stint as the leader of the house trio at the London House ...

Track Listing: 1 – Everything’s Ok 2 – Aquarella 3 – Latin Swing 4 – Softly, My Love 5 – Foolishness 6 – The Sooner the Better 7 – Whirling Round 8 – Stony-Broke 9 – She Does Not Love Me 10 – The Sweetest Perfume 11 – Don’t Keep On 12 – In a Good Mood 13 – Latin ...

Review by Rick Anderson Jazz purists may turn up the nose at this jazz-reggae summit meeting, but that’s their loss. It’s not that they wouldn’t have the right to be suspicious — experiments in jazz-reggae fusion do not have a distinguished history. But the combination of Jamaican-born jazz pianist Monty Alexander and reggae godfathers Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare works ...

Review by Ken Dryden This campy LP from the 1960s features the Count Basie Orchestra playing ten themes from four early James Bond movies, with arrangements by either Chico O’Farrill or George Williams. While it seems doubtful that Basie added any of this music to his regular band repertoire, his band does its best to do justice to the arrangements. ...

Of all Oscar’s Peterson’s great recordings — and there are many — this has a special flavor. It is Oscar being intimate, as in a lounge setting, and commanding the material as if the world was listening. Imagine yourself having a night on the town in 1964, laughing and feeling good, and as luck would have it you and your ...

Red Garland’s third session as a leader finds the distinctive pianist investigating eight standards (including “Please Send Me Someone to Love,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “Almost Like Being in Love”) with his distinctive chord voicings, melodic but creative ideas, and solid sense of swing. Joined by bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor, Garland ...

Moonbeams was the first recording Bill Evans made after the death of his musical right arm, bassist Scott LaFaro. Indeed, in LaFaro, Evans found a counterpart rather than a sideman, and the music they made together over four albums showed it. Bassist Chuck Israels from Cecil Taylor and Bud Powell’s bands took his place in the band with Evans and ...

Translate »