Billy Lester Trio fresh original piano jazz Billy Lester Trio – Italy 2016

Billy Lester Trio fresh original piano jazz Billy Lester Trio – ITALY 2016:  I’ve reviewed Billy’s jazz piano work many times before, most recently on his “Unabridged” album, in issue # 165, where he got (as always) high marks from me.  This new release featured his unique jazz piano skills, with two amigos from the European jazz scene – Marcello Testa on bass and Nicola Stranieri doing drums – the music they create based on Billy’s original compositions is bright and vibrantly alive with the spirit of live jazz… listen to the 9:26 “Yeah, Man!” to hear how well they listen to each other… & of course, the tune is long enough for each player to stretch out, using the voice of their instrument to speak with (& to) you… one of the perkiest new jazz tunes you’ll hear this year.  The album release is slated for 3 November, 2017, but (fortunately) they’ve posted the samples already.

Billy’s unique approach & touch on jazz piano is perfectly illustrated on the tasty “Consolidation“… Marcello’s bass “walks” you along through Billy’s joy-filled notes, and Nicola’s drums provide fine counterpoint all the way through this high-energy track.

Of the six (long) songs offered up for your aural enjoyment on this outing, it is (without question) the beautiful & bluesy “To Giulia” that won my vote for personal favorite… lush playing and perfect pacing come together through the talents of each member of the trio to make this a tune that will play often on my iPhone car player.   I give Billy and his compadres a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this very collectible recording.  Get more information about Billy at the Billy Lester website.          Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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