Alva Nelson Discography

Producer, Writer, Composer: Soul Eyes
Soul Eyes is a collection of jazz standards and original compositions presented in a virtuosic display of melodic & harmonic creativity with dazzling piano improvisation, in solo, duo, trio & quartet forms.

New York-based pianist and composer Alva Nelson has served as a sideman, producer, and musical director in theater and scored music for public television documentaries. Now, after several recording sessions between 1993 and 1997, this Texas-born son of a Pentecostal minister, has finally kept the faith and releases this long-awaited debut “Soul Eyes,” a self published eleven-track CD blending sparkling originals and four covers in a gem of a recording that deserves serious consideration. Beginning with the opening “Synonymous Dichotomy” original, Nelson's muscular piano chords sets the stage for this album. This fast-paced tune comes out swinging featuring hard piano lines, strong bass work from Chris White and a lively percussive background with Cecil Brooks III splashing the cymbals and pounding the drums as Larry Washington lends a touch on percussions.

By: Edward Blanco

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