Paul Bryan steps out of the shadows to gleam on Cri$el Gems

There is something utterly compelling, while appealingly elusive, about Cri$el Gems from Paul Bryan, the bass guitarist and Aimee Mann producer who has produced the album with guitarist Jeff Parker who also appears in a crunchingly groove heavy …

Published: 22 Jan 2020. Updated: 2 years.

There is something utterly compelling, while appealingly elusive, about Cri$el Gems from Paul Bryan, the bass guitarist and Aimee Mann producer who has produced the album with guitarist Jeff Parker who also appears in a crunchingly groove heavy setting where Lee Pardini on electric piano adds a certain fizz.

Matt Mayhall on drums contributes a robustness to the concision of the largely Bryan-derived tunes, the groove fattened out by Davey Chegwidden's congas and Jay Bellerose's percussion. The album also includes a treatment of the Bryan/Mann song 'It's So Easy to Die.'

To be released in March on Bryan's own label.

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Originals plus a spread of Philip Glass and Prokofiev material feature on Aaron Diehl's latest: The Vagabond

Pianist Aaron Diehl has a new record out next month called ''The Vagabond'' featuring Paul Sikivie on double bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. The record to be released on the Mack Avenue label includes originals by the highly acclaimed Diehl, …

Published: 22 Jan 2020. Updated: 2 years.

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Pianist Aaron Diehl has a new record out next month called ''The Vagabond'' featuring Paul Sikivie on double bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.

The record to be released on the Mack Avenue label includes originals by the highly acclaimed Diehl, also known for his work with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, plus his versions of John Lewis, Sir Roland Hanna, Sergei Prokofiev and Philip Glass material.

Photo of Aaron Diehl: Maria Jarzyna. Diehl plays 'Piano Etude No. 16' by Philip Glass in the audio.