Highly Recommended Jazz Album: EXACTLY RIGHT! (Louis Hayes)

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by Connor McCormick on June 21, 2023



What swinging, unpretentious, accessible fun! Louis Hayes‘s music is full of life and humanity. It is sometimes refreshingly simple and sometimes intricately complex, sometimes light, sometimes dark, but it is always interesting and consistently engaging. Through it all, Louis Hayes has always remained indefatigably optimistic and his latest Savant release, Exactly Right!, is all those things. Throughout the album Hayes, a 2023 NEA Jazz Master, coaxes concise, well-conceived tracks from his players where everybody swings with loads of feeling, and no self-indulgence.  From the first note to the last Hayes creates performances that take veteran jazz listeners into deep jazz waters while at the same time allowing neophyte fans to safely wade chest-deep into the invigorating flow. Available at Jazz Depot.

Louis Hayes – drums
Abraham Burton – tenor  saxophone
Steve Nelson – vibraphone
David Hazeltine – piano
Dezron Douglas – bass


01 – Exactly Right! 04:40
02 – Is That So 06:38
03 – Hand In Glove 06:45
04 – So Many Stars 05:34
05 – Carmine’s Bridge 05:01
06 – Nerfertiti 05:18
07 – Mellow D 05:27
08 – Theme For Ernie 05:40
09 – Scarborough Fair 03:45
10 – Ugetsu 06:03

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