John Wright Trio: The Wright Feeling
John Wright has been playing piano and setting the standard for trios in Chicago for nearly 50 years. His style is both the majestic and blues-drenched with a big sound that fills a room with sound and fans! There is little doubt that his earlier recordings on Prestige (check out South Side Soul) influenced many Chicago pianists to “cross-over”—merging more blues into standards and jazz—and shape the “Chicago school” piano trio sound.
On this recording John plays the standards that he and his friends love. Tunes like Please Send Me Someone to Love, Summertime, My Funny Valentine, Blue Monk and more. Although the repertoire is familiar it’s the style and overall good feeling that is the strength of this recording. Wright also composes, check out his beautiful solo piano ballad to his wife Evelyn.
In addition to John’s piano, the trio is tight and plays together very well. Chris Giles has played bass for John for many years; and, although a relative newcomer, drummer Steve Carow, sounds like he has played with John for many years. Check their swinging bass and drum groove on the straight-ahead versions of Summertime, and Blue Monk—they make it easy for John to play!
Overall this is a fine recording for all of those interested in solid jazz piano. I’m sure that it will be a big hit among John’s fans that follow him all over town! - MV
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