Shamie Royston, 2018, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O’s Notes: New Jersey based, Denver-born, pianist and producer Shamie Royston is a well-regarded composer and arranger, having done work for many prominent artists including Diane Reeves, Sean Jones and Geri Allen.“Beautiful Liar“is a collection of high-energy syncopated tunes that are easy to embrace. Josh Evans adds explosive trumpet solos throughout the set, notably on “Push”. They slow down a notch for “Precious Lullaby” showing a softer side of Evans and on a cover of “Lovely Day” with a strong solo by Nakamura. Rudy Royston (d) and Yasushi Nakamura (b) anchor the beats with Jaleel Shaw blending sax into many melodies. Shamie’s work on piano is the glue that holds it all together regardless of tempo. There’s a lot to like but “Dissimulate” is our favorite.
Publicist: Two for the Show Media