Criss Cross Jazz 1306 CD

Kirk Lightsey

Lightsey To Gladden

Available: September 12, 2008

In 1990, when he recorded this scintillating date, now released for the first time, pianist Kirk Lightsey was one of New York's first-call pianists, a regular in the rotation at Bradley's, the legendary New York piano saloon, with the likes of John Hicks, Walter Davis, Jr., Tommy Flanagan, George Cables, and Roger Kellaway.

Here he convenes a cohort of New York A-listers --- trumpet giant and fellow Detroiter Marcus Belgrave; tenor saxophonist and flutist Craig Handy, then making his first impact on the scene; bassist David Williams, who could boast a decade's experience as Cedar Walton's bassist of choice; and drummer Eddie Gladden, Lightsey's bandmate with Dexter Gordon's group before --- to play a program that includes strong repertoire by Lightsey, Wayne Shorter, Detroit drummer Lawrence Williams, and choice standards.

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Kirk Lightsey (P)
Marcus Belgrave (Tp / Flh)
Craig Handy (Ts / Fl)
David Williams (B)
Eddie Gladden (D)

1. Donkey Dust (Kirk Lightsey)  9:53
2. Number Nine (Lawrence Williams)  7:52
3. Everyday Politics (Craig Handy)  7:29
4. Wayne Shorter (Harold Danko)  8:23
5. Pinocchio (Wayne Shorter)  7:29
6. Moon (David Durrah)  7:26
7. Working Together (Lawrence Williams)  8:57
8. Midnight Sun (Lionel Hampton / Sonny Burke)  9:05

Total Time: 66:40
Recorded January 3, 1991 in New York City, NY, USA
Engineer: Max Bolleman & The Masters (mastering)
Producer: Gerry Teekens