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Cyrus Chestnut: There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit (HighNote)

When it comes time to record, Cyrus Chestnut has never been inclined to stay in his lane. The widely acclaimed jazz pianist, who once devoted an entire album to Elvis Presley’s legacy, has always had a healthy disregard for genre borders and biases. So it’s not surprising to find him charting his own curious course … Read More “Cyrus Chestnut: There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit (HighNote)”

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Cyrus Chestnut: Natural Essence

Chordal jabs, light-fingered trills, cascading runs, robust turnarounds-no question: Pianist Cyrus Chestnut is in delightfully animated form when this trio session opens with the Joe Henderson boogaloo “Mamacita.” And Chestnut is not alone in reviving the slippery funk groove with a mixture of spirit, wit and soul, alongside two veteran collaborators, bassist Buster Williams and … Read More “Cyrus Chestnut: Natural Essence”

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Cyrus Chestnut: A Million Colors in Your Mind

There’s nothing quite like the sound of pianist Cyrus Chestnut hammering his way through a five chord in a climactic turnaround, as if to underscore his abiding affection for blues and gospel traditions. It evokes images of a smiling slugger rounding third and heading home, having just deposited a ball somewhere in the upper deck. … Read More “Cyrus Chestnut: A Million Colors in Your Mind”

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Cyrus Chestnut: The Cyrus Chestnut Quartet

A certain naturalism and hard-earned grace run through the compositions and playing of Cyrus Chestnut, the Baltimore-bred modern-mainstream player best known for his work as a resourceful solo pianist and dynamic leader of trios. But those qualities shine through again on The Cyrus Chestnut Quartet , his first recording as a leader in that format. … Read More “Cyrus Chestnut: The Cyrus Chestnut Quartet”

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