Born: October 12, 1951 Primary Instrument: Piano
Linda Presgrave, jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, relocated to New York City in 1998 leaving a very active music career in her native city of St. Louis. Her debut jazz CD as a leader, In Your Eyes, on METROPOLITAN RECORDS, was released nationally in April, 2000 and featured top jazz artists including John Stubblefield on tenor saxophone, Brian Lynch on trumpet, Cecil Brooks III and Wade Barnes on drums, Harvie S and Carline Ray on bass. May of 2004, marked the date of Linda’s second release on METROPOLITAN RECORDS with, The Linda Presgrave Quartet - LIVE. This CD features Linda’s working New York jazz quartet and was recorded live during the group’s year long engagement at the famed Warwick New York Hotel. 2006 marks the release of Linda’s third CD on METROPOLITAN RECORDS, The Journey, which features the music of seven jazz musicians who happen to be women. The musicians featured on the CD include Linda’s New York quartet along with famed jazz artists including Oliver Lake on alto saxophone and flute, Harvie S on bass and Eric Allen on drums....
“The St. Louis transplant Linda Presgrave, a probing, resourceful mainstream pianist with an impressive debut album, In Your Eyes, prowls the bebop landscape for all the stylistic diversity it can offer.” The New Yorker
The main star, however, is Linda Presgrave, whose piano style is pretty original and whose five songs are worth exploring. Recommended. - Scott Yanow (AMG)
With her lyrical playing and a stellar ensemble, Presgrave adeptly mines the secular and spiritual side of the music while paying homage to her heroines. For more information, visit www.metropolitanrecordsnyc.com - by Terrell Holmes 30 May 2006 | ALL ABOUT JAZZ
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