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Shamie Royston: Portraits

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Shamie Royston is a vigorous, versatile pianist whose approach spans the roil of “The Beast Within,” the placidity of “Healing Hymn” and the childlike, winning “Ruby Goes to School,” a tune by her husband Rudy, the muscular drummer who helps make this trio debut memorable.

Presented as a kind of autobiography, Portraits speaks to Royston’s faith and family. The contemplative “Healing Hymn” is an homage to her parents, while “Run,” one of the longest, most exciting tracks, reflects a time when Royston had too much on her mind. The one cover is Horace Silver’s cinematic “Summer in Central Park,” all dappled and impressionistic as Royston darts in and out of the melody, her husband guiding her with cymbal signposts.

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