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Cyrus Chestnut: Cyrus Plays Elvis

Read "Cyrus Plays Elvis" reviewed by J Hunter

"Elvis isn't dead until we say he's dead! That was the defiant proclamation on a billboard advertising a Bay Area Oldies station. An immediate reaction would be: “Which Elvis are we talking about? Fat Elvis? Thin Elvis? Hollywood Elvis? Vegas Elvis? With Cyrus Plays Elvis, pianist Cyrus Chestnut has added a new category to that list: ...

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Cyrus Chestnut: Cyrus plays Elvis

Read "Cyrus plays Elvis" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Certainly a concept designed to push peoples' buttons, the fact is that if you don't know Elvis Presley's music, this CD doesn't sound radically different from a lot of soul jazz recordings from Blue Note in the 1960s. One of the big differences between rock and jazz is harmony: while jazz, partially built on the standards ...