Ezra Weiss

The Shirley Horn Suite – Press Quotes

“At the heart of the album is Weiss’ lone original instrumental, “Blues for Shirley,” which moves from wistful to life affirming. Although Weiss may have never met Shirley Horn, he clearly “knew” her emotionally and spiritually in ways that few artists would have dared to share so intimately.”
-Jonathan Widran, JazzIz

“Over the course of four CDs and a decade on the Portland and New York jazz scenes, still-youthful pianist Ezra Weiss has proved to be a reliably elegant and increasingly economical straight-ahead player and composer… The limpid instrumental trio pieces here frequently achieve a reflective beauty that will enchant any fan of mainstream piano jazz, while the lovely original songs featuring veteran Northwest chanteuse Shirley Nanette… don’t clone Horn’s sound, but share her measured, relaxed swing and emotional depth.”
-Brett Campbell, Willamette Week

“From every perspective, this is a deep, thoughtful and gorgeous album. It’s an intimate tribute to a beloved ambassador of jazz, and deserves to be heard.”
-George Fendel, Jazz Scene

“This performance places Weiss among the elite musicians on the jazz scene today.”
-D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place

“This album is a splendid uniting of four great musicians… * * * * ½“
-Tim Taylor , Audiophile Audition

“A mix of originals and standards, his fifth album as leader is a sophisticated work, with some fresh compositions and terrific performances.”
-Bruce Lindsay, AllAboutJazz.com

“It’s hard to ask more of a tribute than what Ezra Weiss has done in his well-conceived salute to the late, great Shirley Horn.”
-Ken Dryden, AllMusic.com

“Both the delicate touch and the full emotion of the music prevail throughout the album as a whole.”
-Oliver diPlace, Jazz from Many Angles

“This is, in fact, one of the strongest jazz performances I’ve heard (yet) this year. My favorite of the 9 tracks is “Blues For Shirley” – again, it’s Ezra’s “unrushed” approach that makes it such a killer tune.”
-Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

“The ambiance is dusky and consistently mindful or Horn’s use of understatement… The Shirley Horn Suite is a consistently rewarding salute to Horn’s legacy…”
-Alex Henderson, The New York City Jazz Record


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