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Genres: Jazz, Pop
Baltimore-born pianist Cyrus Chestnut has played with a number of stars, including Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, and opera diva Kathleen Battle. He's also an engaging leader in his own right, and this ... more »
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Baltimore-born pianist Cyrus Chestnut has played with a number of stars, including Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, and opera diva Kathleen Battle. He's also an engaging leader in his own right, and this disc with drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Christian McBride finds him exploring and elaborating on soul music in a jazz context. Augmented by saxophonist James Carter, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and trumpeter Marcus Printup, Chestnut and company get into a lot of moods and grooves: from the Art Blakey-style, hard-bop edges of the title tune to the Horace Silver-themed "In the Underground" with vibraphonist Stefon Harris. Chestnut's musical education encompasses both the bandstand and the church service, and his reverent solo reading of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" showcases his spellbinding and syncopated command of sacred and secular swing. --Eugene Holley Jr.
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High quality jazz with much soul
G. M. Jenkins | Mountain View, CA United States | 03/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One just has to look at the line up of this album to know that this will be an enjoyable listening experience. Soul Food finds Cyrus Chestnut in four different settings, in a large group with the trio of Chestnut, Christian McBride on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums augmenteded by Marcus Printup on trumpet, Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, and James Carter on tenor sax. Also there is the trio plus vibraphonist Stefon Harris, just the trio, and two songs where Chestnut is solo. All of the players are extremely virtuosic and play with effortless grace and soul. Chestnut shines on every song and plays with a refreshing lack of ego. He is always playing a solo totally conducive to the feel of the song. The rhythm section, as suspected is superb. There is also an appearance by Gary Bartz, the alto player at the end of the album in a sort of epilogue.This is the kind of album that seems familiar yet new, and is extremely enjoyable and accessible upon first listen. The opener, "Soul Food," is classic soul jazz Jazz Messengers style with great solos by Printup, Carter, and Chestnut. It is an awesome song and the kind of song that sounds crisp, swings, and sounds like an old favorite the first time you hear it.Other favorite tracks include Chestnut's powerful and amazing solo rendition of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" where Cyrus takes a song everybody has heard a million times and makes it his own. It's just a musical treat.I also really like the quiet and sweet "Cerebral Thoughts" with Stefon Harris which represents modern and somewhat smooth jazz that keeps its soul and an edge. Harris rarely plays anything i don't like. This album flows really well and is also one of those albums that you can listen to front to back and over again without feeling bored as it varies the line ups throughout the album. This album is just a really enjoyable album from start to finish and should appeal to a wide range of people."
Some CD's are just plain good!
Jeremy N. Shaffer | Dalmatia, PA United States | 04/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So often, current jazz artists go one of two ways - strictly re-creating the sounds of the classics, or going off on a "new age" tangent all of their own. "Soul Food" exemplifies what jazz is to me...from sing-song like melodies to driving grooves that force your head to bop. Cyrus Chestnut does his own thing, creating music all his own that really swings in the tradition of the great jazz greats. And what a combo! It's so good to hear that slap of an up-right bass holding down the groove. If you like jazz...you'll love this CD!"
Top notch recording. Top of my play list.
Doug Schreiber | Elk Grove Village, IL United States | 01/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You know how you have a few favorite CDs that you can play multiple times a day and love it every time? This one does it for me. It's jumped right up there with Dave Grusin's Big Band Allstars Live - which I've probably listened to over 100x.I bought this CD based on hearing "Minor Funk" on local radio station, WDCB, in the Chicago area (great Jazz all day). Took a chance on getting the CD and consider it the best music CD purchase decision of 2001 for me.If you like upbeat, really goovin', funky jazz or mellow ballads, this CD has a nice mix. Most of the cuts are really hip. Great features of sax, vibes, trumpet to piano, drums and bass. Very nice cuts. A few are sure to be "classics"."