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Letter To Herbie by John Beasley
Letter To Herbie by John Beasley at Eastwind Import
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Artist/Band:John Beasley
Name:Letter To Herbie
Cat No.:RCD-1003
Performed by:John Beasley (keyboard,piano,synthesizers)
Christian McBride (bass)
Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums)
Roy Hargrove (trumpet)
Steve Tavaglione (alto flute,bass clarinet,synthesizers)
Michael O'Neill (guitar)
Louis Conte (percussion)
Description:Music: 4 stars; Sonics: 4 stars
"...[S]olid outing, swinging with authority while exhibiting a daring harmonic sense..."
"Sonics are crystalline throughout, with McBride's upright bass registering deep, humungous tones on the low end every nuance of Watts' polyrhythmic dazzle coming through with ease."
-Bill Milkowski, The Absolute Sound

Jazz pianist John Beasley embarks upon a supremely inspired effort with his new album, Letter to Herbie, taking its cues from both the philosophies and compositions of music great Herbie Hancock.

The 10-song CD features Beasley reshaping classic works from across several decades of Hancock's catalog while also contributing originals that bear the stamp of his ideologies. Beasley is primarily showcased in a trio format flanked by first-call bassist Christian McBride and propulsive drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, with special guest trumpeter Roy Hargrove sitting in on a few numbers and the addition of flautist Steve Tavaglione, percussionist Luis Conte and guitarist Michael O'Neal adding color to a few others.

Beasley's own credits are vast and impressive, including work with jazz giants Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard, pop and R&B superstars James Brown and Chaka Khan, Quiet Storm pioneers Michael Franks and Lee Ritenour, and jazz vocalists Diane Reeves and Al Jarreau. Letter to Herbie is a well-conceived, well-executed album, with strong performances by the all-star cast. Definitely one of the best jazz releases of 2008!

Album Tracks:
1. 4 AMMP3 Sample
2. Bedtime Voyage
3. Chan's Song
4. Three Finger Snap
5. The Naked Camera
6. Eye Of The HurricaneMP3 Sample
7. Diana
8. Hear And NowMP3 Sample
9. Still Time
10. Vein Melter
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