Billy Childs – Acceptance (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:23 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Pianist Billy Childs thrives on group improvisation and has recruited fellow master musicians – saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Eric Harland – as the core ensemble for this collection, ‘Acceptance’.
Elena Pinderhughes on flute; vocalists Alicia Olatuja, Aubrey Johnson and Sara Gazarek; and percussionists Rogerio Boccato and Munyungo Jackson complete the stellar lineup on this recording.
There have been two hallmarks – standards, if you will – that have been a part of every Billy Childs album. The first is the journey he’s travelled as a composer. He has always written music and to great acclaim: he has received five GRAMMY® Awards and 16 nominations, many for composition and arrangement. Presently in continual demand for symphonic and chamber commissions, he has also innovated a collection of compositions for jazz instrumentation and strings that is unique in the American music lexicon: a genre he refers to as jazz/chamber music.
But for the second hallmark, Childs has always been a player, too – having cultivated his jazz voice in the working bands of trombonist J.J. Johnson and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. “On my first Mack Avenue recording, Rebirth (Childs’ 2017 album on Mack Avenue Records which won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album), I wanted to return to a focus on my jazz piano playing,” Childs states. “Acceptance is an extension of that, and the musicians make it very comfortable for me.”
1. Billy Childs – Dori
2. Billy Childs – Acceptance
3. Billy Childs – Leimert Park
4. Billy Childs – Do You Know My Name?
5. Billy Childs – It Never Entered My Mind
6. Billy Childs – Quiet Girl
7. Billy Childs – Twilight is Upon Us
8. Billy Childs – Oceana