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Sweet Potato Eyebrows

by Rick Gallagher

Classic jazz pianist; an easygoing, organic collection of swinging orginals, laid back ballads, and innovative standards performed by a classic piano trio and a sextet with horns.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. They Can't Take That Away From Me
5:08 album only
2. The Night Before
6:46 album only
3. Sweet Potato Eyebrows
5:18 album only
4. Adyn Rebekah
6:34 album only
5. I Got It Bad(and That Ain't Good)
7:58 album only
6. Grace Amazing
5:32 album only
7. People of the World
4:08 album only
8. Everything Is Good(olivia's Song)
7:31 album only
9. My Heart Is With You
3:33 album only
10. Grumblin'
5:20 album only
11. Barefoot Sunday
4:12 album only


Album Notes
Jazz pianist Rick Gallagher has been a part of the Pittsburgh music scene since the late 1980's. Over the years Rick has done solo and group work in a wide range of contemporary styles but has found a voice as a player and composer in classic jazz. He has worked with many of the area's top performers and bands as well as solo piano work at diverse venues such as the historic Grand Concourse; the Gandy Dancer Saloon piano bar; and the PPG Holiday Series. Regularly Rick can be seen with small groups at Palomino and Pines Tavern, the Orchard Hill Church worship team, and the Boilermaker Jazz Band, as well as his long-standing spotlight as the pianist with the US Steel Tower and One Oxford Center downtown. Gallagher is noteworthy for his classic jazz style, creative arrangements, and his memorable originals.

Rick has five recordings as a feature artist and has played on a number of other CD’s as a sideman. His recordings have been played on hundreds of radio stations across the United States, and Canada including nationally syndicated jazz shows like “Jazz After Hours.” They all include Rick’s rich harmonic concepts, lyrical melodic ideas, creative arrangements and soulful organic sound.

A Pittsburgh native and father of four, Gallagher received a Bachelor of Music at Duquesne University where he studied under the mentorship of David Budway. His influences include Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Red Garland, Vince Guaraldi, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Benny Green, Ray Brown, Wynton Kelly, Cyrus Chestnut and George Shearing. He currently balances his performances with teaching, arranging, composing and recording. Rick is available for studio work, jazz festivals, concerts, church performances, and other private and public events.

Credits include:

Jazz Christmas, iTunes Essentials (2007) - Various Artists
Coldwater Creek: Home for the Holidays Volume One (2004)
Coldwater Creek: Home for the Holidays Volume Four (2007)
Divine Unrest (2007) - Tamarack Road Productions

About ----"Sweet Potato Eyebrows"----

Rick Gallagher’s debut release, "Sweet Potato Eyebrows," showcases his versatility as both an arranger, composer, and a jazz pianist through a variety of classic-sounding originals and standards. From the traditional jazz trio performance of the romantic ballad "The Night Before" to the funkier sextet sounds of "People of the World" and "Sweet Potato Eyebrows," listeners of all ages are sure to find a favorite. Check out Gallagher’s tasteful interpretation of the standards "I Got It Bad" and "They Can’t Take That Away From Me." "Grace Amazing" is his haunting reharminization of the traditional hymn "Amazing Grace." Refreshing jazz waltzes, such as "Everything Is Good(Olivia’s Song)" and "Adyn Rebekah" complete the recording with their uplifting spirit. "Sweet Potato Eyebrows" comes together as a classic collection of memorable songs performed by some of the most talented jazz musicians in the northeastern United States.

rick gallagher-piano, paul thompson-bass,
thomas wendt-drums, delano "volcano" choy-trumpet,
eric defade-tenor saxophone, bob kunkel-drums,
george jones-percussion, brian stahurski-bass,
joe waslousky-drums



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Pittsburgh Magazine

"...an easygoing, organic collection of songs...Gallagher's fluid style is wonderfully melodic throughout and a joy to ingest. Backed by some of the region's best jazz cats with expert engineering by Dino DiStefano, this is an outstanding recording. It's music like this that could bring back people to clubs and away from their DVDs. BUY IT"
- Pittsburgh Magazine, February 2002 -


"Gallagher's music speaks for itself. Sweet Potato Eyebrows features a program rich in originals, most notably the folksy "Adyn Rebekah" and the funky "People of the World" merit repeated listening. Indeed writing seems to be Gallagher's strong suit. His arrangements of standards like "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "I Got It Bad" are both clever and engaging, and his throughly reharmonized version of "Amazing Grace" - nearly unrecognizable at first blush - is a marvel." Gallagher also enjoys good taste in bandmates and the good fortune to know several strong Pittsburgh players. Trumpeter Delanno "Volcano" Choy and saxophonist Eric Defade lend considerable fire to the proceedings, and bassist Paul Thompson(who formerly played with Maynard Ferguson and Stanley Turrentine) nearly steals the show with his loping basslines and full-bodied sound."
- JAZZIZ, April 2002 -


"his sense of style and chops are smooth, vibrant, and delivered with much class and maturity...His influences range from the likes of Herbie Hancock to Bill Evans, but the musical style and arrangements possess his own signature... The music speaks for itself with a freshness and vibe that is elegant, contemplative, and holds a deep sense of swing...This is jazz that is thoroughly enjoyable and will definitely add a little spice and flavor to those who appreciate good music."
- Allaboutjazz.com, April 2002 -