Billy Lester | Captivatin' Rhythm

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Captivatin' Rhythm

by Billy Lester

Modern solo and trio jazz piano performing fresh and original compositions influenced by Bud Powell, Sal Mosca, and Lennie Tristano.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. So Nice
8:48 album only
2. C-bop
4:10 album only
3. G Minor Jazz
4:21 album only
4. To Julie
4:09 album only
5. Out of Gees & Aes
5:15 album only
6. Core-curriculum
5:01 album only
7. Blues Eyes
6:03 album only
8. Sweet & Lively
5:43 album only
9. Sea Dreams
5:11 album only
10. Sea Shapes
4:46 album only
11. These Foolish Things
4:30 album only
12. Entirely Billy
8:49 album only


Album Notes
Coda Magazine 1998 Writers Choice

“Lester comes straight out of left field with a record like this, one that confounds most of the stereotypes in contemporary jazz piano. Though he plays slow as often as fast, and never at the hurricane tempo of original bebop, he sounds more closely attuned to bop’s lexicon than many a more fêted contemporary player…Some of the tracks were cut as far back as 1985 while others are more recent; but the record unfolds as all of a piece…Lester manages to suggest the fleetness of right-hand bop lines while never neglecting his left hand and the result is a music filled with dark sonorities, swinging without surrendering a certain inner reserve.”

Richard Cook & Brian Morton
The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, Third Edition

“This is music with real character, spiky and tangential in a period when more and more jazz piano sounds like background music…It’s a tonic to all the obviousness that characterizes more common approaches. There’s growing interest in purer bop styles, and Billy Lester deserves a listen.”

Stuart Broomer
Cadence Magazine
August 1996

“Lester explores the intricacies of keyboard improvisation while combining a variety of influences…[He] exhibits a texturally complex compositional style realized over the ferociously swinging rhythm section of [Frank] Canino and [Ed] Ornowski.”

John Cardinale
WKCR FM, New York City
April 1996



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