Kevin Hays Trio: For Heaven's Sake (2006)
Kevin Hays signed with Blue Note in 1994 and released three albums on the legendary jazz label, including the glowingly reviewed Andalusia (1997), which featured Ron Carter on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. The young pianist has also played in Rollins' band and guitarist John Scofield's "Quiet" band.
With For Heaven's Sake, Hays and his bandmates craft a snappy and insistent forward momentum, wrapped around the leader's slightly idiosyncratic piano style, which mixes straightforward melodic beauty with a Hampton Hawes-like angularity. The result is an appealingly differentbut still reverenttake on some nicely chosen jazz standards.
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Track Listing: Sonny Moon for Two; For Heaven's Sake; Lady Day; Beatrice; Beautiful Love; It Could Happen to You; If Ever I Would Leave You; Caravan.
Personnel: Kevin Hays: piano; Doug Weiss: bass; Bill Stewart: drums.
Record Label: Music Eyes