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Jon Mayer: Nightscape

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Jon Mayer was working professionally as a jazz pianist as a teen back in the '50s, while attending the Manhattan School of Music. As well as working as a sideman with Tony Scott, Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan and others, along with taking part in record dates with John Coltrane and Jackie McLean, Mayer contributed original pop songs to a number of vocalist record dates, though he did not make his recording debut as a leader until 1995 with Round Up the Usual Suspects (Pullen Music). During the past decade, Mayer ...

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Jon Mayer: Nightscape

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New York-born, Los Angeles-based pianist Jon Mayer began his musical career in the New York jazz scene of the 1950s and 1960s. He has a long and distinguished pedigree, including work with Jackie McLean and John Coltrane, but his first recording as leader came as late as 1996, with Round Up The Usual Suspects (Pullen Music). Nightscape is Mayer's eighth album as leader and it's an engaging, beautifully performed, collection of tunes. As with Mayer's previous albums as a leader, this is a trio recording, the pianist reprising the line-up from his last release, So Many Stars ...

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Jon Mayer: So Many Stars

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The craft of the jazz piano trio is a challenging one; and in a sea of fine trio recordings, it is hard to come by a performance that is just not merely good, as most are, but sublime. When one comes along; it is time to be excited, and So Many Stars is the one to be excited about.

What are the ingredients of the perfect jazz piano trio recording? One is competent leadership, in this case pianist Jon Mayer, whose previous recordings--My Romance (Reservoir Music, 2005), The Classics (Reservoir Music, 2004), Full Circle (Reservoir Music, 2002), and Rip Van ...

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Jon Mayer: The Classics

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This is hard bop pianist Jon Mayer’s fifth release since he resurfaced on the Los Angeles music scene in the early ‘90s after more than twenty years away from jazz, having last been sighted and heard in the Big Apple at the Jazz Gallery June 26th. He first made his mark here in the late ‘50s and the ‘60s playing with Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott, Pete LaRoca [Sims], Jackie McLean and John Coltrane, among many others, while in his late teens and 20s.

Mayer recorded The Classics in New York last year with his trio, featuring bassist Rufus Reid and ...

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Jon Mayer

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By Ken Franckling After at least 13 years away from music entirely, and another 13 years rebuilding his life - and his chops - Jon Mayer is ready to take on the challenges of his hometown. “My life has taken a few twists and turns. This is my first legitimate jazz appearance [in New York] in more years than I care to remember, the veteran bebop pianist says from his southern California home. “There are a few people who remember what I may have done back in the day, and many who don't. But because of my ...

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Jon Mayer: The Classics

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Although Jon Mayer got his start in New York in the “glory years” of jazz, he is only now just coming into his own as a jazz pianist of note. Born in 1938, Mayer was raised in Washington Heights, and after graduating from the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan in the mid- to late-‘50s and briefly attending the Manhattan School of Music, he immersed himself in the thriving NYC music scene, playing with the likes of Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott, Pete (LaRoca) Sims, and Ray Draper.

He even recorded with two of the most ...

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Jon Mayer: Full Circle

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Veteran New York musician Jon Mayer debuts on Reservoir Records with a balmy trio set that takes full advantage of Mr. Mayer's experience as a hard bop pianist. Mr. Mayer's credentials are impressive. In the early to mid 1950s, Mayer performed with Pete LaRoca and Ray Draper before moving on to Kenny Dorman's big band and then replacing Bill Evans in clarinetist Tony Scott's quartet. He went on to record with Jackie McLean, John Coltrane, and Les McCann. Mr. Mayer arrives here with Full Circle, his follow-up to the well-received Rip Van Winkle: Live at the Jazz Bakery ...

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Jon Mayer: Rip Van Winkle

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Life has rebounded quite nicely for pianist Jon Mayer, thank you, now that he has relocated to the West Coast and slowly but surely built up his performing and recording activity to the delight of his listeners there. Not quite falling into the “what ever happened to?" category, Mayer nonetheless dropped from public consciousness for, oh, a couple of decades. And now he's back, Rip Van Winkle-like.Having been infused with the spirit and style of jazz in the 1950's when New York City was abuzz with young legends-in-the-making like John Coltrane or Jackie McLean, Jon Mayer was there. ...

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Jon Mayer Trio: Do It Like This

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From the first note of this fine CD it's clear that as a pianist Jon Mayer's technique and sensibilities were forged within the great tradition of his acknowledged influences - chiefly, Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, and Kenny Barron. At the same time Mayer cannot be pigeonholed easily. He can show the drive of Kelly and the gloss of Garland, yes, but after all, Mayer himself was recording in the Fifties with John Coltrane and Jackie McLean, so he is more of a colleague than a disciple of those two great pianists; and his own unique voice is clear throughout this ...



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