When you think of hard-driving swing, daring expression, sophistication and elegance in artistry, formidable technique and a thunderous sound, there are only a very small handful of contemporary pianists you think of and two of them are on this recording! Cyrus Chestnut comes across as a shy and modest guy who does most of his talking with a keyboard. He's played all over, and with some of the biggest names in music. Much the same can be said of Eric Reed. Eric, like Cyrus has played with a virtual Who's Who of jazz including Wynton Marsalis, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Freddie Hubbard and others. Captured live in the rarely-encountered two-piano format, Eric and Cyrus offer seven selections featuring twenty digits on 176 keys. As the title says, there is PLENTY SWING, PLENTY SOUL and certainly enough jazz adorned with utterly uninhibited improvisations, flashes of pop and bop, whimsy and wit to please the most discriminating of jazz aficionados.
Eric Reed & Cyrus Chestnut - pianos;
Dezron Douglas - bass; Willie Jones III - drums
Tracks: I'll Remember April; All the Things You Are; Two Bass Hit; Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing; It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing; Prayer; Plenty Swing, Plenty Soul
I'll Remember April
Two Bass Hit
It Don't Mean a Thing
Plenty Swing, Plenty Soul