Ugly Beauty

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Kevin Hays was only 23 at the time of this recording and hadn't quite developed the hallmarks of his own style. Still, this is clearly the work of a prodigious talent. Joined by Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Williams on drums, the pianist tackles difficult music by post-bop greats Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, and John Coltrane. He does beautiful work with the standard ballads "Chelsea Bridge" and "Detour Ahead," as well as the Monk classic "Ugly Beauty." Only one Hays original, "The Well," appears, along with "How the Mighty Fall," a bossa by the underrated tenor saxophonist and composer Patrick Zimmerli. Hays' superior grasp of harmony is quite ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Kevin Hays was only 23 at the time of this recording and hadn't quite developed the hallmarks of his own style. Still, this is clearly the work of a prodigious talent. Joined by Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Williams on drums, the pianist tackles difficult music by post-bop greats Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, and John Coltrane. He does beautiful work with the standard ballads "Chelsea Bridge" and "Detour Ahead," as well as the Monk classic "Ugly Beauty." Only one Hays original, "The Well," appears, along with "How the Mighty Fall," a bossa by the underrated tenor saxophonist and composer Patrick Zimmerli. Hays' superior grasp of harmony is quite evident; his improvising -- while extremely impressive -- is not as distinctive as it would become in subsequent years. The fact that this is one of only two trio albums in Hays' catalog as of this writing makes it all the more interesting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/1994
  • Label: Steeplechase
  • UPC: 723721873622
  • Catalog Number: 31297

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shade of Jade (6:00)
  2. 2 Chelsea Bridge (6:28)
  3. 3 The Well (7:00)
  4. 4 Ugly Beauty (6:59)
  5. 5 Pompeian (5:50)
  6. 6 Detour Ahead (7:57)
  7. 7 Big Nick (6:32)
  8. 8 How the Mighty Fall (6:14)
  9. 9 United (6:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Hays Primary Artist, Piano
Larry Grenadier Bass
Jeff Williams Drums
Technical Credits
Herb Ellis Composer
Jim Anderson Engineer
Johnny Frigo Composer
Nils Winther Producer, Engineer
Lou Carter Composer
John Freigo Composer
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