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Cyrus Chestnut was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1963, son of McDonald (a retired post-office employee and church pianist) and Flossie (a city social services worker and church choir director). Chestnut started learning piano at the age of seven, and in his boyhood played at Mount Calvary Baptist Church. By the age of nine, he was studying classical music. at the Peabody Institute. In 1985, Chestnut earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging from Boston's Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Chestnut was awarded the Eubie Blake Fellowship (1982), the Quincy. Trio, with Dezron Douglas (bass), Neal Smith (drums). Cyrus Chestnut Trio - Black Nile. Trio, with Buster Williams (bass), Al Foster (drums).
An adept jazz pianist, Cyrus Chestnut balances his lithe technical skill with a robust, soulful style that speaks to his deep gospel roots and love of swinging hard bop. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Chestnut first studied piano with his father at the age of five, with official lessons beginning two years later. The following year, he released Black Nile on Japan's M&I label. In 2013, he delivered the hard bop-infused Soul Brother Cool, which featured trumpeter Freddie Hendrix. He then showcased his trio on the concert album Midnight Melodies, recorded live at Smoke in New York City. In 2015, Chestnut released his debut album for HighNote, the trio effort A Million Colors in Your Mind, which featured backing from bassist David Williams and drummer Victor Lewis.
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Album · 2010 · 10 Songs. The Flowers on the Terrace (feat. Dezron Douglas, Neal Smith & Cyrus Chestnut).
A keyboard master such as Cyrus Chestnut can imbue this tried-and-true format -whose practitioners range from Jelly Roll Morton to Robert Glasper – with a relevance for today’s listeners and expand its parameters without losing sight of its historic past. For this recording Cyrus has arranged 8 compositions by the classical pianists .
Kaleidoscope (Cyrus Chestnut album). Kaleidoscope is an album by pianist Cyrus Chestnut that was recorded in 2018 and released on the HighNote label the following year. That said, he's also a classically trained artist with a wide-ranging and eclectic taste in music
He brings all of these influences to bear on his nuanced and enveloping 2018 trio date, Kaleidoscope. Joining him are bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Chris Beck, who offer empathetic support throughout. What's particularly compelling about his choices is just how well the classical songs fit into the jazz trio concept.
|3||12 Bar Ballad|
|5||Little B's Poem|
|6||The Wind Of An Immortal Soul|
|7||Theme From Blow-Up|
|8||A Tear On My Chest|
|9||The Happiness Man|