Steve Kessler | 3 TRIOS

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by Steve Kessler

A unique musical perspective, full of raw energy and ideas; a compilation of rare trio recordings by this "one of a kind' jazz pianist/composer. (bass) Marc Johnson, Paul Langosch, Tom Baldwin (drums) Howard Curtis, Mike Smith, Tony Martucci
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ornetthology
5:44 $0.99
2. Solar
2:40 $0.99
3. Fusion Folk Song
6:01 album only
4. Fusion Folk Song (variation)
0:55 album only
5. It's You Or No One
4:34 $0.99
6. Virtual Blues
7:47 $0.99
7. Expletive Deleted
6:41 album only
8. The Girl Next Door
6:28 album only
9. Reason For the Ballad
2:26 album only
10. Once Was/Is
7:40 album only
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Album Notes
"If Steve Kessler is - to use the cliché - “the best kept secret in jazz”, it is by his design.  Fame has not so much eluded pianist Steve Kessler as he has eluded it. Over the years, he resisted high profile band offers from jazz legend Freddie Hubbard to Bruce Springsteen to Dave Matthews, to maintain a personal vision of the music he sought to play. Kessler is a stunningly imaginative and engaging player. He thinks quickly, plays fluidly, and doesn’t sound like anyone else.

A musician’s musician, seldom recorded, he channels his considerable talent almost exclusively into performance. At the height of a solo, Kessler rises on crouched tiptoe, bearing into the keyboard, fingers splashing out runs and clusters. His playing is bracing, articulate, unpredictable and totally individual. Ideas flow in torrents rich in charm and quicksilver wit, but without the familiar comforts of repetition. Lovely melodies rise and then cascade into glittering dissonance; fragments of familiar tunes surface just long enough to be recognized before sweeping past.
He’s recorded so much unreleased material over the years that he jokes this first release under his own name should be a box set. In originality, imagination, commitment and execution, there are few players anywhere who are his equal. In a world blinded by fame, it’s rare to find an artist driven by the serious responsibilities that come with talent — a word from a biblical parable about the entanglement of gifts and obligations. "
- Peter McElhinney, Music Critic, Style Magazine



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Roger Friedman

An outstanding CD by an excellent jazz pianist!
Steve Kessler's much anticipated and long-awaited CD trio compilation is out - and it was worth the wait! This CD features his performance with three outstanding jazz trios. Each trio has its unique sound which makes for an enjoyable and well-balanced listening experience. His playing has an edge yet is pleasing to the ear. His melodic sense is strong and although the playing can be complex it is always accessible. This CD is a testament to Steve Kessler's high level of creativity and expression through music, and will be a welcomed addition to anyone's CD collection who enjoys jazz as an art form. Highly recommended!