Chestnut, Cyrus

Koch, 2008CD
Instrument: Piano

Issue: 14.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Classic
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: From the opening notes of “Hound Dog” we knew this would be a fun CD! Chestnut plays eleven of Elvis Pressley’s hits transposed in the light of jazz piano. Dacron Douglas (b) and Neal Smith (d) hold down the beats with Mark Gross adding sax on 2 tracks notably “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. Chestnut does a remarkable job of interpreting each tune and placing his groove into them. They swing on “It’s Now or Never” and “Graceland” before closing with a touch of gospel on “How Great Thou Art” – solo piano… certainly a different take on Elvis!


Publicist: Koch Jazz