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Dark Before the Dawn
Cyrus Chestnut
Dark Before the Dawn
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Cyrus Chestnut
Title: Dark Before the Dawn
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 2/14/1995
Release Date: 2/14/1995
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075678271922, 756782719226

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A young master
Tyler Smith | Denver, CO United States | 08/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There are so many great young jazz pianists out there right now, that's it's easy to take them for granted. Cyrus Chestnut is one of the very best, and he shows that with "The Dark Before the Dawn," his best release for my money.Chestnut features shimmering single-note runs and thunderous chords. There's some McCoy Tyner in his playing, strong blues and a lot of church, but he's put it all together to create a sound that is his own. One of the great strengths of this CD is its variety, but you always hear Cyrus's distinctive voice.In the course of this set, for example, he gives us the Tyneresque "Steps of Trane," the classical/jazz blend "Baroque Impressions," the standard "My Funny Valentine," and the bluesy "Wright's Rolls and Butter." There's also spiritualism ("It Is Well with My Soul") that doesn't even get near being trite. Despite all the musical bases that he touches, Chestnut never seems unfocused, nor is his attack forced. He seems genuinely comfortable no matter what he chooses to play.We can all look forward to the many years of playing that Chestnut hopefully has. I think we'll find that this fine pianist has inexhaustible wells of inspiration from which to draw. What a treat for us to be able to listen."
Great Cuts - Cyrus All The Way
Tyler Smith | 03/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I came upon Cyrus Chestnut several years ago at a listening station at a record store - Haven't turned back since. Cyrus has what it takes to be a truely great jazz pianist. I have been collecting his cd's since that time. I particularly enjoy Sentimentalia, Baroque Impressions, Call Me Later, and the title track. I glad I was turned on to this great artist. You will feel that way too once you experience his artistry."
Y'gotta be kiddin'. . .
ERIC HENDRICKS | HAMMOND [Chicago], USA | 07/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"rate Cyrus Chestnut? Have you heard his BAROQUE IMPRESSIONS on the PBS-TV special? I wouldn't presume to "rate" Cyrus Chestnut. It would be inadequately respectful. His was the best thing in the entire two hours, diminishing even Dave Brubeck and Billy Joel in their company. I got onto the net right away and ordered the CD the same night. Honestly! rate Cyrus Chestnut?"