Kevin Toney: Jazz Legacy
The complete title of this album is actually An Evening With Kevin Toney and Friends, as it was (mostly) recorded from a night at the North Cost Repertory Theater in Solano Beach California. Pianist Kevin Toney gives a recital of rich interpretations of standards with a clever and wondrous read of pieces like a dramatic “Lush Life”, an old school mixed with fluid read of “Squeeze Me” and a gospel tinged “Rejoice”. He also brings in some guests, such as vocalist Dominique Toney on a lovely, passionate and flexible “Lullaby Of Birdland” and a sassy “I Can’t Take That”. Soprano saxist Kamau Kenyatta makes it a threesome for a lovely and intuitive “Love Is On My Side”, while tenor saxist Azar Lawrence does a wild and dramatic duet of “In A Sentimental Mood”. Rich and controlled passions.
George Harris - Jazz Weekly
Pianist Kevin Toney gives a recital of rich interpretations of standards with a clever and wondrous read of pieces like a dramatic “Lush Life”, an old school mixed with fluid read of “Squeeze Me” and a gospel tinged “Rejoice”. George Harris - Jazz Weekly
For those of us who are familiar with Kevin, and his playing, be it in a solo situation or all the folks he’s played with, it’s a return to something we've been missing. For those who aren't familiar with Kevin’s playing, they're in for a real treat! Clifford Brown Jr., American Jazz Countdown - San Francisco
I love the whole album! You gotta hear it, you got to sit with it and enjoy it! Tessil Collins, Jazz Gallery/Jazz 24/7 Radio/WGBH – Boston
It’s good to see Kevin Toney continuing to evolve, not content to rest on past laurels. He’s still putting in the work and releasing great music! Michael Valentine -WDNA – Miami
For those of us who felt the excitement of hearing Kevin Toney during his Blackbyrds days and beyond that same excitement, is still here in his new release “An Evening With Kevin Toney And Friends ~ Jazz Legacy. Greg Bridges, KPFA – Oakland