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CD REVIEW: Alva Nelson - Soul eyes
By Ivan Nossa - 03/20/2011 - 05:29 PM EDT

Artist: Alva Nelson
Album: Soul eyes
Website: http://myspace.com/alvanelson
Genre: Jazz
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Soul eyes, Body and soul, Some other time
CD Review: Alva Nelson has been a pianist and a composer since he was very young. He debuted his original compositions at the Blue Note in new York. He won many awards and toured the world with different groups in particular for the Boy’s Choir of Harlem that he orchestrated and arranged for their major performances including Carnagie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Later he formed the Pyramyd dance Theatre dedicating to explore the music and dance of West Africa.

Lately he dedicating his time also to music production and his new artist is Dorothy Leigh and her new CD “A second chance” whose review is featured here as well.

His new CD Soul Eyes follows his first solo work African Suite. Soul eyes is a pure jazz album. Alva plays with four qualified musicians: Chris White (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums), Larry Washington (percussions) and Harry Anderson (bass). The protagonist of the entire CD is Alva nelson’s piano. His piano playing is superb. Compositions are written on the piano and many songs are played only with ebony and ivory. His style is smooth and gentle with a touch of spice added on top. His music also has got blues and rock and roll influences. His compositions are fantasy trips around the world. If you close your eyes it is easy to be carried away and start dreaming about peaceful skies and lively oceans and all of a sudden you are taken to western saloons and blues smoky clubs where music is alive and passionate. A very good cd that can be recommended to everyone who is willing to close his eyes and fly away.




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