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by C. Michael Bailey
Composer/Arranger. I was first introduced to Gay Pearson with her svelte string sextet arrangement of Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise" on Tyrone Brown's Song of the Sun. That is actually a reprise on an arrangement of the same piece for Pearson's own release, Alone, Independent and Unresolved. Both arrangements are quite excellent, as is the rest of Alone, Independent and Unresolved.
Pearson plays with a classically trained, deliberate style that is rhythmically sophisticated, idea-rich, and readily accessible. Ahmad Jamal's ...read more
by Jim Santella
Mainstream jazz sometimes involves risk-taking. Trade fours with the drummer, turn the bassist loose on almost every number, and concentrate on what you want to say with the piano. But each artist stretches as he sees fit. Let’s have a round of applause for the bassist, Tyrone Brown!
Gay Pearson’s piano trio resembles the group you’ll find at most local jazz clubs and lounges. On this, her third CD, they perform with a quaint manner that you’d love, either in ...read more