Herb Silverstein

Beach Walker

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Based in Florida, Herb Silverstein (whose day job is as an ear surgeon) not only plays piano on this set but wrote all 12 of the compositions. The proceeds from the sales of his CD go toward the nonprofit Ear Research Foundation. The music is light, swinging, and full of subtle surprises. Other than Silverstein and bassist Richard Drexler, the personnel changes constantly, with the Lobster String Quartet utilized quite effectively on four songs, reed player Jack Wilkins and guitarist LaRue Nickelson appearing on six numbers apiece (including three of the same songs), and Joel Spencer and Steve Moretti taking turns on drums. Sometimes Silverstein's playing recalls Bill Evans but in general he has his own fresh voice within the modern mainstream (playing in 3/4 time particularly well), and the same can be said for the supporting cast. Both Wilkins (particularly strong on tenor) and Nickelson are major assets in the solo department. The likable Beach Walker is well worth searching for.

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