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“One of Hicks’ finest recordings,” is the Washington Post’s judgment. A jazz piano giant for 40 years, John could break your heart with a ballad, sweep you off your feet with an anthem, or boot you into boogeyin’ with one of his cookers...
All About Jazz describes: "This set seems to be a hymn to the rhapsodic as two virtuosos play a handful of tunes that lend themselves to lush, melodic interplay..." This album pairs two legendary Fazioli pianos with two extraordinary pianists and, between them, a breathtaking singleness of groove and invention.
Musician says this CD "evidences the elusive rhythmic subtlety, spare pianistic understatement, emotional weight and giddy melodic twists that elude most of today's virtuosos..."CD Review says, "4 Stars...this album is a legacy." According to Down Beat: "...remarkably original and powerful. 4 ½ Stars."
Chris’ most famous student, Herbie Hancock, testifies: “Chris Anderson is a master of harmony and sensitivity…After hearing him play just once, I begged him to let me study with him…” His sound is utterly unique. “Imagine the lushness of Ellington, the off-centered cadences of Monk, and the harmonic inventiveness of Debussy mixed with a potent scent of the blues,” according to Fred Kaplan.
Gerard locks effortlessly with his trio mates, Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirschfield. They’re one of the classic bass-drum duos in jazz, recorded on a hundred plus discs. As for Gerard, jazz greats like Nat Adderly, Zoot Sims, Mel Lewis and Red Rodney all loved his selfless accompaniment and his endlessly enchanting, melodic solos.
Paul Murphy, the legendary Jimmy Lyons, blazingly fast drummer, inspired this history-making session-and inspired depths in Larry Willis' piano you'll hear nowhere else. The music on Volume 1 focused on the boundary between jazz and classical. Volume 2 is all about melody and swinging and breathtaking drama of two masters composing with one mind. Fred Kaplan picked The Powers Of Two as one of his "Ten Best of The Year", and Volume 2 is even better!
With only piano and drums, Larry and Paul break through to a breathtaking new place in music, a space where classical and improv and jazz become indistinguishable. Both volumes offer staggeringly lifelike recordings, so much so Fred Kaplan picked "The Powers of Two" as one of his "Ten Best of the Year".
If you’re a fan of piano greats like Mary Lou Williams, Dorothy Donegan, Art Tatum and
Chris Anderson, Consuela’ll be right up your alley. With her drummer, Sangoma Everett,
she does Ellington, Waller, Kern and Berlin to pianistic perfection—and writes ensnaring
“Kane’s penmanship…and her piano work is very subtle…a little gem,” as seen by JazzTimes. Rebecca is a multi-hued pianist and composer, ranging from bittersweet ballads to sly Latin toe-tappers. Down Beat loves her “…interesting shifts in mood and tempo…penchant for slowly unfolding melodies…bright, rippling solos.”
Stereophile says the instruments are “…as natural and as true to life as can be.
A gentle, extremely pleasurable recording—highly recommended.” If you love flute ballads, you’ll wear the aluminum off this CD.
TAS says “Walrath’s horn radiates a burnished bass warmth…you can
practically see the overlapping overtones rising above the Steinway…perhaps Sprey’s best
engineering work to date.” Mellow jazz and a favorite mood CD: lyrical and powerfully moving.
Their reinventions of Strayhorn’s “Something to Live For” and the Duke’s “Mood Indigo” are startling and beautiful. They paint moods ranging from dark waltzes and romantic ballads to tangos and the avante garde tone poems. A must have for fans of Clifford’s work with Mingus, Mal Waldron and Eric Dolphy in the ’60s.
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