The Powers of Two isn't the most essential album that Willis has recorded for Mapleshade; nonetheless, it is a solid and engaging demonstration of the pianist's ability to handle both the inside and the outside. Larry Willis by Russ Musto Larry Willis, for too long a time unjustly under-recorded as a leader, happily has found a home as Mapleshade Records’ music director for the past 12 years.
The Big Push is an album by pianist Larry Willis which was recorded in 2005 and released on the Highnote label early the following year. The interpretations are lyrical, quietly emotional, harmonically sophisticated, and full of subtle surprises.
Larry Willis with Ray Drummond and Victor Lewis - Serenade (CD, Album). Paul Murphy (3), Larry Willis - The Powers Of Two Volume Two 2 (CD, Album). Larry Willis, Tony Pancella. Larry Willis, Tony Pancella - Alter Ego (CD, Album).
Larry Willis is a three-time Grammy nominee with Fort Apache as well as pianist on two of their New York Jazz Critics Award-winning CDs. He’s was also on Roy Hargrove’s Grammy-winning Crisol Band CD and toured for three years with Roy. Currently, he is touring actively with his own Trio and Quintet as well as with Fort Apache from time to time. Larry Willis released in 2007 his tribute to his mentor Jackie Mclean Blue Fable, on the HighNote label.
The Offering is an album by pianist Larry Willis which was recorded in 2007 and released on the Highnote label. Studio album by. Larry Willis. While jazz fans may know his work well, he should be recognized as one of the consistently great soloists of our time. Among musicians, Willis is considered a true master, and it's time the general jazz populace discovered that as well. The Offering is another high-class, musically arresting date by an innovator".
But no one will mistake The Powers of Two for an album of Tin Pan Alley standards; Willis' encounter with Murphy is more inside than outside, but the outside element is definitely there. For all its abstraction and spontaneity, The Powers of Two never comes across as aimless or mindlessly chaotic; Willis' solos have a sense of sense of purpose and sound like they were meant to happen.
Friends (Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis album). Friends is a collaborative album by South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela and American jazz pianist Larry Willis. The album is the long-awaited sequel to Almost Like Being in Jazz released in 2005. Recorded in Pretoria, Friends premiered in Cape Town at the Mahogony Room in April 2012. It is a four-piece album, a 39-track boxset reworking of American jazz standards, released on the new record label, House of Masekela.
Like Herbie Hancock, Willis is lyrical but also excels in an assortment of contexts. The Powers of Two, Vol. 2. Mapleshade Records.
2012 studio album by Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis. Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis. Hewett, Ivan (9 June 2015).