A Million Colors in Your Mind

A Million Colors in Your Mind

by Cyrus ChestnutCyrus Chestnut


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Roughly 18 albums into his career, jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut delivers his HighNote record label debut with 2015's A Million Colors in Your Mind. With a title that borrows inspiration from a short story by Mexican author Maria Cristina Mena, the album finds Chestnut once again delving deep into his own colorfully chorded and swinging set of well-chosen cover songs. Although in his mid-fifties at the time of recording, Chestnut nonetheless wanted to record an album in which he could commune with musicians who were slightly older and more seasoned than himself. Accordingly, backing Chestnut here are the supremely intuitive duo of bassist David Williams and drummer Victor Lewis, who certainly bring decades of experience to Chestnut's album and, based on cuts like the trio's fluid take on Frank Loesser's gospel-infused "Brotherhood of Man" and Lewis' own "From a Tip," have an affinity for each other's playing. That said, the choice to work with experienced musicians is not a new one for Chestnut, who came up early in his career backing legendary vocalist Betty Carter, a position he inherited, in part, from Carter's longtime collaborator pianist John Hicks. Here, Chestnut even plays a Hicks composition, the atmospheric waltz "Yemenja." Elsewhere, Chestnut and his trio dig into a handful of urbane, soulful songs, from a sparkling take on late bassist Scott LaFaro's "Gloria's Step" to an inspired reworking of Lionel Richie's "Hello" and a languid, Latin-inflected version of Duke Ellington's "Day Dream." Ultimately, Chestnut continues to dazzle with A Million Colors in Your Mind, revealing ever more tantalizing musical layers.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2015
Label: Highnote
UPC: 0632375727123
catalogNumber: 757271
Rank: 90880


  1. I've Never Been in Love Before
  2. Gloria's Step
  3. Hello
  4. From a Tip
  5. Day Dream
  6. Brotherhood of Man
  7. Yemenja
  8. A Time for Love
  9. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  10. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cyrus Chestnut   Primary Artist,Piano
Victor Lewis   Drums
David Williams   Bass

Technical Credits

Lionel Richie   Composer
John Hicks   Composer
Victor Lewis   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Cyrus Chestnut   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Scott LaFaro   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Geoffrey Himes   Liner Notes
David Stoller   Engineer

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