Cyrus Chestnut - Cyrus Chestnut 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Jason Karsh   
Tuesday, 15 September 1998

self-titled, Atlantic Records
| Performance 8.5 | Sound 9 |

Historically, Jazz and its musicians have long been under-appreciated. Jazz is an art that, itself, chooses many times to live for the past rather than for the present. This is why, many times, a truly talented jazz musician will come along and be familiar to few other than his record company. Yes, this is just the beginning of a long-winded harangue that has very little to do with this particular album, but rather the state of Jazz as a whole. However, it does relate to this album in that great works by Cyrus Chestnut, and other talents like him, are being hidden away from the general record-buying public. With little push from his record company and less outlets to push such music into, Cyrus Chestnut exists as one of the more accomplished piano players you have likely never heard of.

In his latest, self-titled album, Chestnut continues to show a mastery few can match. Along with saxophonist James Carter, bassist Ron Carter, and others, this album is a can’t miss purchase for Jazz fans. Featuring vocalist Anita Baker on classics such as "Summertime" and "My Favorite Things" along side highly impressive Chestnut instrumental originals including "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," Cyrus Chestnut uses this album to prove once again that great Jazz is as universal and timeless as any music ever penned. If you are in the market for an album whose content and sonic quality are both outstanding, this album is it.

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