soul eyes
  • Released: January 1, 2010
  • 11 track(s)

Alva Nelson’s music has the traditional elements of a jazz recording; long developed & pretty melodies, sophisticated harmonies, strong aggressive complicated rhythms. However, his original compositions are quite distinctive. The first cut “Synonymous Dichotomy is most definitely influenced by the McCoy Tyner School. This track is highlighted by Cecil Brooks III drum solo. Four of the solo pieces; “Soul Eyes”, “Body & Soul”, “Some Other Time”, & “‘Round Midnight”, all remind you of the likes of Ahmad Jamal, Errol Garner & perhaps Bill Evans. “Body & Soul” is especially virtuosic. “Sanctified Blues” is most definitely influenced by Ray Bryant. A la Jarrett is a tribute to Keith Jarrett, although, it has its’ own Nelson identity. Once again, Brooks drumming shines. A perfect example of the beauty of simplicity is the melody of Gemini Baby. It has a nice Brazilian undertone & it almost could be mistaken for a prime time TV commercial. Nice bass solo by Harry Anderson. Sweetcake is Nelsons’ dedication to his mother & you can feel the African beat in his playing here. If ever there was a love song, there is “Song for Keisha”. Nelson was a fairly accomplished saxophone player as a youth and “Buster’s Bounce” has its compositional roots in Bird’s Billie’s Bounce”. Bud Powell comes to mind here. The final cut on this eleven track album is the perennial “‘Round Midnight”. Monk’s style is not exhibited here, but a somewhat “classical” approach rounds out a really wonderful listening experience. Add this to your jazz collection………….now.


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