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George Cables: I’m All Smiles (HighNote)

What a joy it is to find George Cables recording again following a series of potentially career-ending health issues. Clearly, as the title of this collection of mostly trio performances suggests, the acclaimed pianist couldn’t be happier to reassert his extraordinary talents while reuniting with a pair of longtime, well-matched collaborators: bassist Essiet Essiet and … Read More “George Cables: I’m All Smiles (HighNote)”

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Frank Morgan/George Cables: Montreal Memories (HighNote)

The late altoist Frank Morgan performed together frequently with pianist George Cables; evidence of that includes studio recordings of duets in 1986 (Double Image) and 1989 (half of Mood Indigo), as well as three separate live discs culled from an extended quartet engagement at New York’s Jazz Standard alongside drummer Billy Hart and bassist Carmen … Read More “Frank Morgan/George Cables: Montreal Memories (HighNote)”

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George Cables: The George Cables Songbook

Even pianist George Cables’ most devoted followers are apt to be surprised by this collection of original compositions-not so much by the quality of the writing, as Cables’ credentials are unassailable, but by the freshness, appeal and promise heard in this new collaboration with singer and lyricist Sarah Elizabeth Charles. In Charles, Cables has found … Read More “George Cables: The George Cables Songbook”

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George Cables: In Good Company

George Cables’ title refers first to the pianist-composers he covers-John Hicks, Kenny Barron, Ellington and Strayhorn-and second to his trio with bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis. The album’s a cheery swinger, an exemplar of mainstream piano jazz. In short, the kind of record Cables always makes. But it’s his accompanists, and Victor Lewis … Read More “George Cables: In Good Company”

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George Cables: Icons and Influences

Icons and Influences‘ title makes clear what takes place within: George Cables honoring those who shaped him. Some, of course, were fellow pianists: “Cedar Walton” is the name of the leadoff track and it’s followed by “Farewell Mulgrew.” Duke Ellington, Bill Evans and Dave Brubeck also receive nods. But Cables, whose multi-decade career has been … Read More “George Cables: Icons and Influences”

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