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Stan Hope: Pastels

Stan Hope combines bold confidence with a polished elegance reminiscent of Erroll Garner, his early influence. In a trio setting with bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Kenny Washington, Hope’s renditions of four Garner charts-“Moment’s Delight,” “That’s My Kick,” “Pastels” and the memorable “Nightwind”-have the same spare yet melodic selectivity as that of his idol, while his own “Hopeful Blues” grooves strongly.

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