Magazine article IAJRC Journal

You've Got a Friend

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

You've Got a Friend

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The Kevin Hays Trio

You've Got a Friend

Jazz Eyes (It) CD 006

Kevin Hays (p) Doug Weiss (b) Bill Stewart (d). Brooklyn, May 2, 2007.

You've Got A Friend/Bridge Over Troubled Water/Fool On The Hill/Think Of One/Sweet And Lovely/Nothing Like You/Cheryl. TT 48:57

Jazz critic Ralph Mirello wrote: "There is something very appealing about Kevin Hays' approach to piano improvisation. His work is unique, interesting and varied. He has assembled a trio of like-minded musicians that - when the stars align - can produce some very special moments in music." (jazz.com)

Hays (1968 - ) worked with Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, Roy Haynes, Ron Carter, and Art Farmer, before forming his own trio with Weiss and Stewart, both outstanding performers. This album is his latest trio release, issued four years after his last critically acclaimed trio album, For Heaven's Sake. As well as completing over 10 albums, Hays performs world-wide in solo and trio format as well as being a member of The Sangha Quartet that features young and overseas jazz players.

About his playing, Hays once commented: "Sometimes, if I've been grooving for a while, I want to play against the groove. Even it it's just a straight-ahead tune, sometimes I'll play in the pocket, and sometimes I'll play across it. I like the tension release thing. I like to move it around, and not just play in one mode. I guess that's the way my writing is, too, I like exploring. That represents life for me, because life forme isn't just straight-ahead bebop. …

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