Throughout the history of jazz there have been some truly extraordinary musicians who have made significant contributions. Among them is the prolific pianist Roy Meriwether. Roy's career has spanned several decades while consistently dazzling fans with his unique phrasing and dramatically complex piano performances. "Twilight Blues" is one of Roy's finest artistic accomplishment and one in which he comes full circle as an arranger and a jazz virtuoso. Yet, he never abandons his signature style which has garnered quotes such as "the man with the thundering left hand" and "the best left hand in jazz piano...performing with style...his music is alive and jumps with spectacular arrangements." Fans who have been following Roy's career have been privileged to experience the progression of a remarkable artist from his earlier recordings on Columbia Records such as "Soup & Onions/Soul Cookin'" "Popcorn & Soul" "The Stone Truth" and "Soul Invader," through the Capitol Records releases "Soul Night" and "Preachin'" on to his Fahrenheit titles "Xtensions," "Opening Night" and "This One's On Me." In this recording Roy features legendary tenor saxophonist Houston Person, who has many recordings to his credit and is a leader in his own right. Playing bass for Roy is Leon Dee Dorsey, the creative young bassist who has an extensive history with everyone from the likes of Frank Sinatra to Art Blakely. Finally there is the soulful Dave Meade, who is the consummate drummer on this CD. From swing to funk you can find your dish...and plenty of it. A touch of history prevails when Roy pays homage to his late uncle, the great blues singer and pianist Big Maceo, by performing "Flyin' Boogie." Roy demonstrates that unmistakable stride style in the performance of this song; reminiscent of the juke points where Mr. Piano would stride across the keys while the drinks were poured. Excitement is the key component of what he creates musically. Roy's piano playing is rooted in Gospel, Blues, and Jazz and one can only marvel at the depth of his performances. "Twilight Blues" is delightful and a must listen for any true jazz fan.
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