Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cyrus Chestnut: Revelation (1993)

Chestnut settled early and comfortably into the one of the most conservative corners of the jazz mainstream. I'm not talking just Wynton conservative; I'm talking Oscar Peterson conservative (Chestnut would be right at home playing goodwill State Department gigs overseas if US taxpayers still funded such enterprises). Unfortunately, this has kept him too long out-of-mind for snotty and usually judgmental listeners like me, who typically like some edge in their music. There is, it's true, precious little edge to be found here. But, like Peterson's work, what Revelation lacks in adventure, it more than makes up for in other ways -- principally Chestnut's prodigious chops and obvious enthusiasm for navigating familiar blues forms, and the invigorating interplay of a trio that hits on all cylinders throughout.

Cyrus Chestnut: p
Christopher J. Thomas: b
Clarence Penn: d
  1. Blues For Nita
  2. Elegie
  3. Lord, Lord, Lord
  4. Macdaddy
  5. Sweet Hour Of Prayer
  6. Little Ditty
  7. 187
  8. Dilemmas
  9. Revelation
  10. Proverbial Lament
  11. Cornbread Pudding
All compositions by Cyrus Chestnut except #2 by Jules Massenet and #5 (Traditional).

Recorded at Clinton Studios, Studio B, New York, New York on June 7 & 8, 1993.

320 kbps mp3 rip from a library copy of Atlantic CD 82518.


Festoonic said...

Formerly Fledgling said...

Nice share - thanks! BTW, if you like more of an edge to your Chestnut, see Tim Warfield's first three or four discs, especially "Gentle Warrior"

sasha said...

Respect your words on this recording..Spot on as far as I can hear..Conservative needn't mean boring or without virtue..Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

This is lovely, really enjoyed it! Great trio playing...