Los Angeles pianist/arranger/composer David Arnay releases his third recording as a leader in the theme-minded 8. Eight signifies both the number of selections on the disc as well as the sequential sum of instruments added to each performance, from solo to octet performance. So, the premise is Arnay adds one instrument to each piece as he ascends from one to eight. Arnay's thematic approach is both clever and educational. He opens the disc with a swinging solo performance of Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol's Caravan." Arnay's left hand is in total command of the piece while his ...read more
David Arnay and Nedra WheelerFriday Night Jazz at Parkway GrillThe Parkway GrillPasadena, California August 15, 2008
Imagine this... An Olympic Marathon of the blues mixed with straight ahead jazz relays, all seasoned with a dash of ballads, swing, and contemporary compositions from the '60's and '70's and a standard turned into a tantalizing tango. This was the soulful session that occurred Friday night, August 15th, at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. The packed lounge and bar area was alive with easy conversation, food and drink; I was seated with a friend. As we settled in ...read more
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