Cyrus Chestnut Trio
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Cyrus Chestnut
Sweet Spirit

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

w/ Buster Williams & Lenny White

Sep 27 - Sep 30
Joe Henderson Lab

In Cyrus Chestnut’s hands the piano isn’t so much an instrument as a soul-powered chariot that swings with abandon, carrying listeners along on a joyous ride. 

A standout since his student days at Berklee, Chestnut spent formative years accompanying vocalese legend Jon Hendricks, anchoring the quintessential young lion quintet of Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, and touring with Wynton Marsalis. But he credits his early 1990s stint in vocal explorer Betty Carter’s band with radically expanding creative vision. At his most ebullient leading a trio, Chestnut is joined by two superlative masters. Best known for his performance on Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and the sparkplug for Chick Corea’s beloved fusion band Return to Forever, Lenny White has amassed a well-deserved reputation as one of the drumming world’s powerhouses. Bassist Buster Williams is one of jazz most esteemed and versatile collaborators who has contributed to hundreds of albums with everyone from McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson to Larry Coryell and Nancy Wilson. The trio has developed a beautiful chemistry as evidenced on the pianist’s newest HighNote Records releases, 2016’s trio session Natural Essence and last year’s There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit with guest vibraphonist Steve Nelson.

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At his most ebullient leading a trio, Chestnut is joined by two superlative masters.

There is something inspired and kinetic about [Chestnut’s] playing with Williams and White, as if they are all three pushing each other to discover new avenues of expression.

All Music Guide

There is something inspired and kinetic about [Chestnut’s] playing with Williams and White, as if they are all three pushing each other to discover new avenues of expression.

All Music Guide

Personnel

Cyrus Chestnut piano
Buster Williams bass
Lenny White drums

What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and play space.

Time Magazine

Personnel

Cyrus Chestnut piano
Buster Williams bass
Lenny White drums

What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and play space.

Time Magazine

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