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Eddie Costa

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Eddie Costa was an American jazz pianist and vibraphonist born in Atlas, Pennsylvania, now based in Pittsburgh. He recorded on vibraphones with pianist Bill Evans. One notable recording with Bill Evans was "Guys and Dolls Like Vibes", now reissued as "Bill Evans and Eddie Costa, Complete Quartet" on CD. Costa emerged from an unlikely background into a heralded — if too brief — career in jazz. Born in a rural coal mining town, Costa studied piano with his brother Bill and developed a taste for the swing greats; later, exposure to Bud Powell turned him to bop. Self-taught on vibes, Costa became known as an excellent sight reader, which produced a lot of studio work. On piano, his trademark sound was the emphasis of the middle and lower registers while nearly ignoring the top two octaves

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Curtis Clark, Marilyn Lerner and Chad Taylor: Chasing the Piano

Read "Curtis Clark, Marilyn Lerner and Chad Taylor: Chasing the Piano" reviewed by Clifford Allen


November 15, 2010 will mark the 75th anniversary of the first recorded jazz piano-trio session, with pianist Jess Stacy, bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Gene Krupa recording for UK Parlophone ("Barrelhouse" and “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise"). Certainly much has happened in jazz and improvised music since that date, but the piano ...

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News: Radio

Very Early: Bill Evans 1956-58

Very Early:  Bill Evans 1956-58

In the mid-1950s pianist Bill Evans was still a relative unknown, not yet the jazz-piano giant he’d become on the strength of recordings like Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Conversations With Myself. Evans had a strong influence on post-1960s jazz pianists—an influence some have found fault with, for certainly Evans had what’s been called a ...

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Guys and Dolls Love Jazz

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2001
Track listing: Guys and Dolls; Adelaide; If I Were a Bell; Luck Be a Lady; I've Never Been in Love Before; I'll Know.

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Article: Album Review

Eddie Costa: Guys and Dolls Love Jazz

Read "Guys and Dolls Love Jazz" reviewed by Craig Jolley


In retrospect it's hard to see how or why this record was made in the days before CD's as calling cards. Eddie Costa had little name recognition, and what fame he enjoyed was on piano, his primary instrument. The material--cute boy-meets-girl tunes written in subservience to 1950's-clever lyrics--does not lend itself to jazz interpretation. [A couple ...

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Eddie Costa Quintet

Label: VSOP Records
Released: 1995

Album

In Their Own Sweet Way

Label: Repertoire Records
Released: 1962

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Same

Label: Repertoire Records
Released: 0


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