Stuart Elster Trio: Get It Right (2006)
The first four tracks are all Elster originals and provide the musical highlights of the album. The following piece, Horace Silver's "Juicy Lucy, serves as a springboard for a change in the set list. The remaining seven titles are from the Great American Songbook. While Elster consistently shows a facile and melodic approach to these standards, and he certainly swings Frank Loesser's "I've Never Been In Love Before and Fetter/Latouche's "Taking A Chance on Love, I kept wanting to her more of those hook-ish originals.
Perhaps I can, one day, take advantage of the fact that this same Stuart Elster trio is the "house band at the Vic Jazz Club in San Diego every Thursday night. Elster has been a Los Angeles-based musician for the past 35 years and has worked with a wide variety of pop, rock and jazz performers, as well as serving as the assistant conductor and principal keyboardist for the national companies of Dreamgirls and The Lion King.
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Track Listing: Get It Right!; It's Dark Tonight; Up In There; Waltz For Rachel; Juicy Lucy; This Is New; Willow Weep For Me; How Deep Is The Ocean; Jitterbug Waltz; I've Never Been In Love Before; You're My Thrill; Taking A Chance On Love.
Personnel: Stuart Elster: piano; Luther Hughes: bass; Paul Kreibich: drums.
Record Label: Primrose Lane