Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Eddie Costa Trio

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Eddie Costa Trio

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Eddie Costa (p, vb) Vinnie Burke (b) Nick Stabulas (d): Fascinatin' Rhythm/Unison Blues/Sweet and Lovely/Let's Do It/Yesterdays/Pile Driver/It Could Happen to You/Get Happy/Jeepers Creepers, New York, February 1956

Eddie Costa (p) Wendell Marshall (b) Paul Motian (d): The House of Blue Lights/My Funny Valentine/Diane/ Annabelle/When I Fall In Love/What's To Ya, New York, January 29 and February 2 1959 TT: 78:39

Eddie Costa was one of the most brilliant musicians to emerge during the fifties. While he was a superb vibraphonist, it was as a pianist where his monumental talent was best displayed. He had what was probably the most distinctive and instantly recognizable style of any pianist of his day. During the eight years from his first recording until his untimely death in an automobile accident on July 28, 1962, Costa was highly regarded and recorded prolifically in a variety of settings. In spite of this , he was the leader or co-leader on only six sessions; a two piano set with John Mehegan, a quintet with Art Farmer and Phil Woods, a live session from Newport, a quartet session with Bill Evans playing jazz versions of selections from Guys and Dolls and the two sessions which comprise this CD. …

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