Alva Nelson Music Reviews

OsPlaceJazz.com
O's Notes: Juanita has been singing gospel since 1997 but she had an enviable career before that including jazz engagements with many legends such as Illinois Jacquet and Thad Jones. She retains a lot of her past experience in her inspirational singing.

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OsPlaceJazz.com
O's Notes: We first met pianist Alva Nelson as he was backing up singer Dorothy Leigh in New York. His performance impressed us and we are happy to review his recording as a leader in a trio setting with bassist Chris White and Cecil Brooks III (d). Alva plays with vibrant spirit and warm melodies making this a pleasant outing. We especially enjoyed the soothing "Song For Keisha" and his arrangement of the classic "Body and Soul".

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MusesMuse.com
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.

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The-Borderland.co.uk
This album literally explodes from the off when you press the play button - Synonymous Dichotomy is the first track's title and whatever that means I don't know, but I can tell you that pianist Alva Nelson and his trio won't be taking prisoners with this track. It is a fast paced six minutes of eruptive pyrotechnics by all three musicians that would make Thelonious Monk a very happy man. The album then settles down with a beautifully melodic ballad, Soul Eyes, followed by the more upbeat and trio-orientated Gemini Baby.

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EvO:R
I put this CD in the machine. I had never heard of this person.
Who the hell is he?
Well suffice to say, he is ALVA NELSON. Yes with CAPS.
IF you appreciate composition, style, SOUL, in a piano/jazz/blues setting, you must run to your computer, to your music outlet (yes there still are some!) and order /download this CD.

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JazzTimes.com
Alva Nelson new album, Soul Eyes is a combination of mostly original compositions with some jazz classics. Nelson is a pianist with great technique equally good playing the fast tunes like Synonymous Dichotomy or the slow ballads like Soul Eyes, Some other time and Song for Keisha.

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eJazzNews.com
New York-based pianist and composer Alva Nelson has served as a sideman, producer, 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.

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MidwestRecord.com
ALVA NELSON/Soul Eyes: Talk about taking your time. These tracks were recorded between 1993 and 2003, not mastered until 2008 and now in your lap two years later. A hard charging piano man with a background in Texas jazz and theater music, Nelson is a pure fireball that seems never to have met a speedy lick he didn't like. Simply a cool find for jazz piano fans that like it on the express train.

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MuzikReviews.com
Hard working pianist Alva Nelson puts forward a solid, if derivative, jazz album with his new release Soul Eyes. The album features Nelson solo on piano or accompanied by Harry Anderson's upright bass on most of the eleven tracks. On two tracks only the pianist uses a small combo featuring: veteran drummer Cecil brooks III, Chris White on bass, and Larry Washington on percussion.

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Cadence: The Independent Journal Of Creative Improvised Music
Pianist ALVA NELSON and his trio (Nelson, p; Harry Anderson* or Chris White, b; Cecil Brooks ill, d; Larry Washington, perc#) come on strong in the opening Track to SOUL EYES (Alva Nelson, no #), an original by Nelson called "Synonymous Dichotomy," a burner that doesn't leave much space to breathe.

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