These days, piano trio-based recordings are sprouting faster than weeds growing out of concrete; however, the highly respected pianist Billy Childs breathes renewed life into a set dedicated to pianist/composer Herbie Hancock, titled Bedtime Stories – A Tribute to Herbie Hancock. And along with the ace rhythm section of bassist George Mraz and drummer Billy Hart, the leader supplements this impassioned date with a soul-funk version of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”, along with stylish renditions of Sting’s “Fragile”, Wayne Shorter’s “Oriental Folks Song” and the Duke’s, “Sophisticated Lady”. Yet it is the pianist’s attractive renditions of Hancock classics that provide the winning edge.
Child’s radiant and deftly executed spin on Hancock’s fabled, “Dolphin Dance” is a marvel to behold. Here, the pianist allows the composition to breathe as he extracts the inherent attributes and molds them into an idiosyncratic presentation, teeming with softly stated voicings and daintily executed chord progressions. On “Maiden Voyage”, “Toys” and others, Childs renders emotive sentiment coupled with a joyous demeanor. Essentially every note and subtle nuance speaks encyclopedic volumes! .......Recommended!
Personnel: Billy Childs: piano; George Mraz: bass; Billy Hart: drums.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.