Half Notes: Eric Reed and Cyrus Chestnut – Plenty Swing, Plenty Soul (2010)

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by Mark Saleski

To my ears, the reference standard of piano duo recordings has to be that Chick Corea/Herbie Hancock thing. Monstrous, is what it is. This is a little different though. First, it’s Reed and Chestnut (duh). Second, there’s the presence of bass and drums (Dezron Douglas, Willie Jones III). The title gets it right. There is mad swing going on here. The intertwined introduction to “All The Things You Are” is just so fine. The rest of the piece swings in it’s own sweet, restrained way. My favorite track “Two Bass Hit.” Their take on it just burns.

Half Notes is a quick-take music feature on Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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