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Shamie Royston: Beautiful Liar

Read "Beautiful Liar" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Shamie Royston has played with Tia Fuller, Ralph Peterson, Sean Jones, and Terri Lynn Carrington, so her credentials are well up to spec, but the glamour-shot artwork and album title ("Beautiful Liar," at least to this writer, suggests a quiet-storm vibe) might lead one to assume that Royston's second date as a leader is an overly-polished recording from the lighter side of the spectrum. Don't be fooled: Beautiful Liar is an exceptionally accomplished and engaging post-bop album. It's beautifully recorded ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Shamie Royston: Portraits

Read "Portraits" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Shamie Royston shares more than familial bonds with her husband/drummer Rudy Royston and employer/sister/saxophonist Tia Fuller; she clearly shares their oft-demonstrated belief that music is about expressing oneself by placing your own personality and experiences into and onto your art. In truth, every artist worth their salt, knowingly or not, adheres to this philosophy in some way, shape or form, but Shamie Royston uses it as a mission statement of sorts for her debut album. Portraits ...


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