"Jazz that gives you the shiver... This guy is a phenomenon, a poet of the keyboard, with a lot of inspiration and a master in the art of the trio. He plays with grace and goes around the cliches of music and comes out with an implicit chord of pure expression. Bill Carrothers jumps from anywhere, full of stylish maturity, and the least we can say is he surprises you, he seduces you, he brings you up and you can't resist it. You have to listen to this miraculous CD, After Hours"
- Les Inrockuptibles -
Until 1998, the pianist Bill Carrothers was known only among small circles of jazz fans, especially in New York, where he was part of the club scene. This After Hours album gave him an international exposure and it was the starting point of an amazing career... All the songs of this fantastic album were recorded live, during late night "after the club date" performances, between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM, in front of a very small audience. These improvised sessions were true miracles, with a great feeling, a romantic and intense mood in the playing, a magical interaction between the three musicians involved. Revisiting jazz standards, the musicians let the music develop itself, a music of late night or early morning, at the edge of consciousness and of dream.
This is one of my favorite jazz albums and I love to listen to it during the night, where the subtlety of Carrother's playing gets all its intensity. Shades and light, dreams and thoughts, imagination and feelings compose a kind of inner movie, and this After Hours album is its perfect soundtrack...
Bill Carrothers: Piano
Billy Peterson: Bass
Kenny Horst; Drums
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