Bruce Harvey is an exceptionally talented pianist, a fact well-known by other musicians but under-recognized as far as the general listening public is concerned. This is partly because he has a busy career playing shows and accompanying singers, and he spends much less time featuring himself as a soloist or building a high profile outside the immediate musical community.
This recording will go some way to changing that perception. There is a pensive quality to much of the music throughout this CD which is made up of well-known standards, like Laura and Falling In Love With Love, some lesser-known pieces such as You’re My Everything, Old Portrait by Charles Mingus, J. J. Johnson’s Lament and one original by Bruce called Claire De Soleil. There is also a tantalisingly short, (just over one minute), take on Ray Noble’s Cherokee which is given the name Odd Fragment.
Throughout the album Harvey’s imaginative playing amply demonstrates why he is highly regarded by his peers and his fellow musicians. Tom Hazlitt and Kevin Coady provide a sympathetic and tasteful accompaniment.
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