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Soul Food

Cyrus Chestnut Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Nov 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic Jazz
  • ASIN: B00005OATV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Soul Food 8:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brother With The Mint Green Vine 6:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cerebral Thoughts 6:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fantasia 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Swing Low Sweet Chariot 5:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brother Hawky Hawk 5:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Minor Funk 4:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Coming Through The Rye 2:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. In The Underground 6:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Welllllll! 5:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Goodnight 1:250.79  Buy MP3 

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Recorded in June 2001, Cyrus Chestnut's Soul Food is unquestionably the young pianist's best CD to date. He is joined by bassist Christian McBride and Lewis Nash on drums, and they treat us to four stirring trio performances: the perennial "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Coming Through the Rye" are particularly imaginative and cogent. Elsewhere they form a Rolls-Royce rhythm section for three sextet tracks starring trumpeter Marcus Printup, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and James Carter's tenor sax; three quartet cuts featuring vibist Stefan Harris; and altoist Gary Bartz is added for the concluding "Goodnight". Such names almost guarantee success; even better news is that this all-star assemblage plays out of their skins, clearly revelling in both the material and the company. The sextet's reading of the title track is an irresistibly funky knockout, as is their "Brother Hawky Hawk"; no less inspiring in more reflective vein are the Harris-quartet's renditions of "In the Underground" and the delicious "Brother with the Mint Green Vine". A good deal of contemporary modern jazz can seem both effortful and stale, but neither censure applies here: this is good-time music at its most joyous, and full of edifying matter as well. Don't miss it. --Richard Palmer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 25 Jan 2010
By Ian Thumwood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Can't really say much more than there can't be many Modern Jazz records that exude the good-natured fun of this record. Chestnut proves to be a wonderful pianist capable to playing Gospel, straight ahead or even evoking Ellington at his most eubulloient on "Brother Hawky, hawk."
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5.0 out of 5 stars high quality jazz with much soul 16 Mar 2003
By G. M. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One just has to look at the line up of this album to know that this will be an enjoyable listening experience.
Soul Food finds Cyrus Chestnut in four different settings, in a large group with the trio of Chestnut, Christian McBride on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums augmenteded by Marcus Printup on trumpet, Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, and James Carter on tenor sax. Also there is the trio plus vibraphonist Stefon Harris, just the trio, and two songs where Chestnut is solo. All of the players are extremely virtuosic and play with effortless grace and soul. Chestnut shines on every song and plays with a refreshing lack of ego. He is always playing a solo totally conducive to the feel of the song. The rhythm section, as suspected is superb. There is also an appearance by Gary Bartz, the alto player at the end of the album in a sort of epilogue.
This is the kind of album that seems familiar yet new, and is extremely enjoyable and accessible upon first listen. The opener, "Soul Food," is classic soul jazz Jazz Messengers style with great solos by Printup, Carter, and Chestnut. It is an awesome song and the kind of song that sounds crisp, swings, and sounds like an old favorite the first time you hear it.
Other favorite tracks include Chestnut's powerful and amazing solo rendition of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" where Cyrus takes a song everybody has heard a million times and makes it his own. It's just a musical treat.
I also really like the quiet and sweet "Cerebral Thoughts" with Stefon Harris which represents modern and somewhat smooth jazz that keeps its soul and an edge. Harris rarely plays anything i don't like.
This album flows really well and is also one of those albums that you can listen to front to back and over again without feeling bored as it varies the line ups throughout the album. This album is just a really enjoyable album from start to finish and should appeal to a wide range of people.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some CD's are just plain good! 8 April 2002
By Jeremy N. Shaffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
So often, current jazz artists go one of two ways - strictly re-creating the sounds of the classics, or going off on a "new age" tangent all of their own. "Soul Food" exemplifies what jazz is to me...from sing-song like melodies to driving grooves that force your head to bop. Cyrus Chestnut does his own thing, creating music all his own that really swings in the tradition of the great jazz greats. And what a combo! It's so good to hear that slap of an up-right bass holding down the groove. If you like jazz...you'll love this CD!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch recording. Top of my play list. 3 Jan 2002
By Doug Schreiber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You know how you have a few favorite CDs that you can play multiple times a day and love it every time? This one does it for me. It's jumped right up there with Dave Grusin's Big Band Allstars Live - which I've probably listened to over 100x.
I bought this CD based on hearing "Minor Funk" on local radio station, WDCB, in the Chicago area (great Jazz all day). Took a chance on getting the CD and consider it the best music CD purchase decision of 2001 for me.
If you like upbeat, really goovin', funky jazz or mellow ballads, this CD has a nice mix. Most of the cuts are really hip. Great features of sax, vibes, trumpet to piano, drums and bass. Very nice cuts. A few are sure to be "classics".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great album 22 Feb 2002
By "widmon" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It has an excellent mix of rythms and styles. I bought it a couple of weeks ago and have listened to it several times since , I love it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Jazz And A Great Recording! 2 Jan 2008
By Soul Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD has swingin' jazz with a superb recording. You'd think that this young lion Cyrus Chestnut would be more well known after listening to this very talented piano player. I also got this CD for my friend who's using this at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas to show off his $33,000 audiophile speakers. This is my favorite Jazz CD as of now out of a few hundred Jazz CD's I own. So if you'd like to enjoy cool jazz and show off your system then get this awesome CD.
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