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Genres: Jazz, Pop
Pianist Cyrus Chestnut can do it all. Equally adept playing with trios, groups, or alone, he tackles a broad range of styles with both taste and intelligence on this eclectic disc. Joined by some of jazz's finest players--... more »
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Pianist Cyrus Chestnut can do it all. Equally adept playing with trios, groups, or alone, he tackles a broad range of styles with both taste and intelligence on this eclectic disc. Joined by some of jazz's finest players--James Carter, Joe Lovano, Billy Higgins, and Ron Carter--Chestnut jumps from the funky group interplay of "The Journey" to the swinging romp "Sharp" and into the mainstream with the addition of R&B vocalist Anita Baker on "My Favorite Things" and "Summertime." On his own, Chestnut strides smoothly through the sly Art Tatum-influenced "Nutman's Inventions" before displaying his background in gospel and classical music on a pair of meditative ballads, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and "Elegant Flower (for Jazz'min). A rich, satisfying sampling of jazz. --Erik Pedersen
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Steve B. from BOWIE, MD
Reviewed on 5/15/2012...
Good cd by Cyrus Chestnut, I actually purchased it for the Anita Baker tunes, but the rest is good jazz as well. Worth hearing.
Steve L. (Keerayduh) from ARLINGTON, VA
Reviewed on 11/15/2006...
Includes Anita Baker on two cuts.
Chestnut Hits the Mark
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album clearly establishes Chestnut as one of the great pianists of our time. The music is warm, Chestnut's playing is innovative, and the group's precision is flawless. The addition of James Carter (playing alto) and Joe Lovano to several tunes makes for excellent chemistry. Anita Baker's sultry and haunting vocals is a welcome addition to jazz and I look forward to hearing more. Chestnut's stylings transcend typical stereotypes. When I played "Elegant Flower" for my wife, her comment was "That's beautiful but I thought you said he plays jazz.""