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Dark Before the Dawn
     

The Dark Before the Dawn

by Cyrus Chestnut
 
One of the most riveting improvisers of his generation, Cyrus Chestnut is considered a go-to guy, the pianist everyone wants on their session. DARK BEFORE THE DAWN explains why. Roots help shape an artist, and certainly Chestnut's early exposure to gospel music has impacted his playing. The bravura passages of this trio disc parallel congregational shouts, building

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One of the most riveting improvisers of his generation, Cyrus Chestnut is considered a go-to guy, the pianist everyone wants on their session. DARK BEFORE THE DAWN explains why. Roots help shape an artist, and certainly Chestnut's early exposure to gospel music has impacted his playing. The bravura passages of this trio disc parallel congregational shouts, building slowly until they erupt in a fervent hallelujah. That dedication to dynamics, and an instinct for economy and equilibrium, show themselves on "Wright's Rolls and Butter" and "Sentimentalia." On "Steps of Trane," Chestnut even dares to tweak the shape of the master's "Giant Steps." Bassist Steve Kirby and drummer Clarence Penn know exactly which way their boss is going to turn on this disc; swinging ditties like "Call Me Later" and "Kattin'" are marked by their sparkling performance.

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All Music Guide - Brian Bartolini
Cyrus Chestnut's The Dark Before the Dawn is a mature, versatile album. Chestnut and his trio members -- Steve Kirby (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums) -- provide their fortunate listeners with a little bit of everything on this collection. Chestnut pays homage to John Coltrane, and his brilliant "Giant Steps," on the lightning fast "Steps of Trane," and gives J.S. Bach a swinging, 21st century twist on the interesting "Baroque Impressions." "My Funny Valentine" is slow and spacious and represents Chestnut's best ballad playing to date. Mix in originals such as the confident "Sentimentalia," the pretty "The Mirrored Window," the playful "Call Me Later" and the show-stopping "Kattin'." Kirby lays down a rock-solid musical foundation and Penn generates the rhythmic fire, but it is Chestnut who breathes life and soul and meaning into these tunes. He has the unique ability to make complicated music both approachable and enjoyable. The listener won't realize it, but will eventually notice their toes tapping and their fingers snapping to this recommended set.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/1995
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678271922
catalogNumber:
82719

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