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The Kevin Hays Trio Releases Instrumental Jazz Covers on You’Ve Got a Friend


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New York, NY -- You’ve Got A Friend is Kevin Hays’ first release for 2009. The album was released on the Jazz Eyes label May 1st. An all instrumental foray into the realm of cover tunes, the CD features pop and jazz classics interpreted by the trio in their own special way.

The title track, a Carole King penned composition made famous by James Taylor, appropriately kicks off the album. From that point forward a who’s who of music makes an appearance on the CD. Paul McCartney (“Fool on the Hill”), Thelonious Monk (“Think of One”), and an unforgettable pop classic from Paul Simon (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”) populate the recording amongst others.

The final outcome is a record suitable for anyone’s musical palette, whether it is jazz or pop, or the appreciation for good musicianship in the form of instrumentals, You’ve Got A Friend has something for everyone to enjoy.

The New York Times acclaimed Hays as the best of 2006 and there is a good chance with his recent work that statement will be repeated by the well known newspaper and many others once word gets out about You’ve Got A Friend.

‘...Few have Hays's melodic charms and sense of style.’ (The New Yorker Magazine ‘Best of 2006’)

With nearly a dozen CDs to his credit, Kevin Hays is positioned stalwartly in the jazz community with listeners and industry people alike.

The popular Jazz Pianist and composer Kevin Hays has performed extensively with his Trio which includes bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Bill Stewart. He also records and tours frequently with his group Sangha Quartet, which features tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake. More information regarding You’ve Got A Friend is available on the Kevin Hays website.

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This story appears courtesy of Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services.
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