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Kirk Lightsey

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Kirk Lightsey’s profound pianisms originate from the Motor City. Kirk LIGHTSEY was born into Detroit 's rich music scene on February 15, 1937. He grew up in a town known for its jazz pianists, which included Hugh Lawson, Sir Roland Hanna, Barry Harris, Hank Jones and Tommy Flanigan, whose brother gave Lightsey his first piano lessons at the age of six. He then took lessons with Glady's Wade Dillard, who also taught pianists Barry Harris, Alice McCloud and Tommy Flanagan. At Cass Technical High School Hugh Lawson and Paul Chambers introduced Kirk to playing jazz. They all performed in the school orchestra, which included Ron Carter and Kiane Zawadi

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I Will Never Stop Loving You

Label: Jojo Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: I'll Never Stop Loving You; Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum; Pee Wee; Infant Eyes; Goodbye Mr. Evans; Giant Steps; Wild Flower.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Solo Piano - Yin and Yang

Read "Solo Piano - Yin and Yang" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Cornelius Claudio Kreusch Transformer Self Produced 2021 Though it's easy enough for a player to find a home niche, Cornelius Claudio Kreusch sounds like he won't really be satisfied until he's practically tried them all. Classically-trained and having whirled through fusion, funk, Latin, African, film scores and probably too much else ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cynthia Abraham, Kirk Lightsey, Marc Cary, Kazemde George & Other New Releases

Read "Cynthia Abraham, Kirk Lightsey, Marc Cary, Kazemde George & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two main themes in the second part of this week's edition of Mondo Jazz. Jazz players of Caribbean heritage (Arturo O'Farrill--Cuba, Cynthia Abraham--Guadeloupe, Kazemde George--Haiti), and remarkable piano jazz (Marc Cary, Kirk Lightsey, Scott Spivak & Frank Kimbrough, Irène Schweizer, Chick Corea). Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted ...

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Article: Album Review

Arbenz, Hart, Känzig: Conversation #2: Oracle / Conversation #3: Neologism

Read "Conversation #2: Oracle / Conversation #3: Neologism" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


While much of the world was in lockdown and many musicians didn't have a chance to play live, Swiss drummer Florian Arbenz found a way to keep his creative juices flowing. He envisioned a series of twelve albums, each featuring musical conversations between a different group of musicians. Conversation #1: Condensed (Hammer 2021) featured guitar, trumpet, ...

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Article: Album Review

Arbenz, Mehari, Veras: Conversation #1: Condensed

Read "Conversation #1: Condensed" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


One of the most appealing aspects in jazz is the interplay among musicians in a group. There is usually a continuous musical conversation occurring during any given session, which adds an element of spontaneity. Swiss drummer Florian Arbenz is concentrating on this concept of conversation in his upcoming releases, beginning with Conversation #1: Condensed.

Album

Work

Label: Jazzheads
Released: 2020
Track listing: Work; Lift Every Voice and Sing; My Friend and I Took a Walk; Sweet Emma; That's All; Mellow Mood; Amsterdam After Dark; Teach Me Tonight; Don't know Why; Our Day Will Come; Everything Happens to Me; Attitude; That's All (Duo).

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Article: Album Review

Larry Willis: I Fall in Love Too Easily

Read "I Fall in Love Too Easily" reviewed by Jack Bowers


I Fall in Love Too Easily is subtitled “The Final Session at Rudy Van Gelder's," as it is not only descriptively but literally the last recording session by veteran pianist Larry Willis, who died at age seventy-six in September 2019, one year after the album was completed at the renowned Van Gelder studio in Englewood Cliffs, ...

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Article: Interview

Chiara Pancaldi: Alla Ricerca di Sè Stessi

Read "Chiara Pancaldi: Alla Ricerca di Sè Stessi" reviewed by Paolo Marra


Precious è il nuovo disco di Chiara Pancaldi, il terzo registrato per la prestigiosa etichetta olandese Challenge Records. In questo lavoro, composto quasi interamente da brani originali, la cantante affianca per la prima volta il ruolo di interprete di standard a quello di compositrice, mettendo le sue doti ormai affermate al servizio di una musica più ...

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Article: Album Review

Ray Blue: Work

Read "Work" reviewed by Edward Blanco


New York-based and bred, tenor saxophonist Ray Blue is no novice but a veteran player who has not received the accolades he so deserves. Perhaps after laying down and documenting an incredible volume of music on Work, the spotlight will shine a little brighter on this unheralded player. A composer and educator, as well as one ...


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