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Chick Corea: Portraits

Jelly Roll Morton had his “Finger Breaker,” and so in the same pianistic spirit this two-disc Chick Corea set might as well be subtitled “Genre Buster.” Solo piano recitals are as close as jazz gets to classical music, but Corea has an entirely new slant on those less-than-common proceedings: treat a series of gigs as … Read More “Chick Corea: Portraits”

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Shamie Royston: Portraits

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 … Read More “Shamie Royston: Portraits”

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