Gifted with personal style suffused through enviable versatility, precise in both soft ballads and fast paced rhythms, Hays is a surprising piano player who consolidates himself amongst the most interesting talents of international jazz piano.
Born in New York City but raised in Connecticut, this 37 year old piano player has employed his workmanship playing with Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, John Scofield, Donald Harrison, Chris Potter, Al Foster, Buster Williams, Art Farmer.
Kevin performs solo concerts worldwide and as a member of The Sangha Quartet, which features young and well known overseas jazz players such as Seamus Blake (tenor sax), Larry Grenadier (double bass), and Bill Stewart (drums).
Yet, the group that characterizes him best is his own trio, which lines up as permanent elements bass player Doug Weiss and Bill Stewart on drums: the Kevin Hays Trio is about to release a new album, For Heaven’s Sake, masterfully performing some jazz standards. Issued by the Italian label MusicEyes on captivating vinyl-cd, the disc is about to be released on May 2006., in the United States, distributed by Premiere Jazz Distributors.
Recorded and mixed in New York, at Acoustic Recording by Michael Brorby, January 5, 2005, and released by the Italian label JazzEyes, the coming CD, titled For Heaven’s Sake, focuses on renditions of tunes that have already become jazz standards, ranging from the famous Ellington’s "Caravan" to Sam Rivers’ "Beatrice" and Victor Young’s "Beautiful Love", from classics as "It Could Happen To You" and "If Ever I Should Leave You" to Shorter’s "Lady Day", Rollins’ "Sonny Moon For Two" and eponymous Meyer/Bretton/Edwards’ "For Heaven’s Sake". Each one of them is treated with a refined sense of proportions, among the melody, the harmony, improvising digressions and the personal technique of each single element of the trio, according to an admirable integrity due to many years of reciprocal music acquaintance, all which makes this formation one of the most involving piano trios all around.
Mastered by Katsuhiko Naito
Produced By Kevin Hays
Executive Producers: Toti Cannistraro & Paul Siculiana