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Henry Hey: Learning From The Stranger Things

Read "Henry Hey: Learning From The Stranger Things" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Keyboardist Henry Hey's resume is an interesting read. In addition to a wide range of gigs and stints with some top name players in and around jazz, there's work in theater, TV and soundtracks. There's producing records as well as working in sessions with legendary producers. There's being a musical director for some of the biggest names in the pop and rock world. There's also a thing or two you probably couldn't have dreamed up but as Hey says, it ...

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The Henry Hey Trio: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Henry Hey is a fine young pianist, and his trio works together with the precision of a Swiss watch. The problem I have with Watershed lies not with the performance but with the repertoire; all save one of the compositions are Hey’s, and none has enough allure to summon more than a temperate response. Granted, that is a purely subjective conclusion, one that can’t be quantified and has little to do with the trio’s performance, which is unequivocally first-rate.

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Henry Hey Trio: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by Alexander M. Stern

Pianist Henry Hey is having a very good year. He’s already appeared on Michael Pope’s excellent The Lay of the Land, as well as Jeff “Tain” Watts’ all-star sophomore effort Bar Talk. Now Hey steps up to the plate with Watershed, his debut recording as a leader. Considering the quality of his sideman appearances, it comes as no surprise when Hey points to the bleachers and quite casually belts one out of the park.

Hey has chosen a ...

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Henry Hey: Watershed

Read "Watershed" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

The piano trio format remains an enduring tradition in jazz, with relatively new faces like Caine, Meldhau, Iverson, Taborn, Colligan, Svennsson and Pilc picking up the evolutionary gauntlet thrown down by the Rushmore-deserving progenitors of the art form: McCoy, Herbie, Keith and Bill. Casting one's hook into this heady tributary of the jazz stream is a daunting task considering the latitude of its Watershed. Taking the format to new places necessitates a skill set on the part of the pianist ...


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