Michael Royal | Royal Blue

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Royal Blue

by Michael Royal

A dynamic sampler and a testimony to Royal's spirit of adventure. He pays homage to his mentors treating these tunes with uncommon originality. There is much to discover in this CD, even after multiple hearings.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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3. Effendi
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4. Invitation
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5. Some Other Time
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6. I'm an Old Cowhand
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7. If I Were a Bell
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8. Straight, No Chaser
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is a reprint of Royal Blue recorded live at Fandango on Siesta Key, FL originally released in 1994. This pressing is re-mastered by Johnterryl Plumeri.
A wonderful collection of Standards, Bebop, Ballads and Blues featuring Michael Royal on piano, Gary Deary, bass, and Tony Jefferson, drums.
Fandango was one of those long since-vanished jazz venues which regularly presented world class jazz artists including Manfredo Fest, Kenny Drew, Jr., Fred Johnson and Gumbi Ortiz. I would like to thank Fred Salih for providing the opportunity for all of us to keep playing music with this kind of range. Royal Blue plays as fresh today as it did 20 years ago.
Original Album Notes: " I could have made this project bigger than life in a state-of-the-art recording studio, but then, life is pretty big already. I feel this this ordinary effort is quite extraordinary - It's just musician's getting together playing music, and regular folks enjoying it. I hope you enjoy it also. This recording is respectfully dedicated to all the forgotten and remembered musicians who have, and continue to encourage me with their music. Yours Very Truly, Michael Royal".



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TRANSITION

TRANSITION - Michael Royal
Michael Royal Trio
Transition
Based in Florida, pianist Michael Royal has performed in Europe, Asia and throughout the U.S. He has worked with the likes of Red Rodney, Mel Lewis, Clifford Jordan, George Garzone, Larry Coryell, Emily Remler, Ira Sullivan, and Mark Murphy in addition to his own groups through the years.

Transition features Royal with bassist Richard Drexler and drummer Steve Davis. The trio had played together regularly at a weekly gig in Sarasota, Florida for five months, so this CD came together very fast, being recorded in a total of four hours.

All seven selections are well worth hearing, particularly the opening ballad (“Some Other Time”), a swinging “For Heaven’s Sake” and the heated original “Cracklehut.” The trio is particularly rewarding on ballads, thinking as one. Closing the excellent outing is a 14 ½ minute exploration of Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints” that progresses logically and never loses one’s interest.

Transition is a CD worth going out of one’s way for, an intriguing listen from start to finish. It is available from CDBaby.com

SCOTT YANOW
Burbank , CA