Jazz n' Blues Reviews
You Are My Sunshine (Warner Bros. 48445; July 8, 2003)
by Cyrus Chestnut
Reviewed by Don Brown Sr.
The Jazz Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
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On his Warner Brothers debut CD You Are My Sunshine, Cyrus Chestnut has crafted a deeply personal and spiritual statement. For those of you that like mood music, this one's for you. Unlike the work he's done with the late Betty Carter, Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis and Bette Midler, Cyrus and his band do deliver something else.
"God Has Smiled On Me" has the rhythm section of bassist Michael Hawkins and drummer Neal Smith keeping the ship on course as Cyrus shows us his piano skills. Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me" keeps the tranquil feeling going. The title track and folk standard "You Are My Sunshine" is given a bluesy jazz treatment.
The CD is also peppered with a handful of original chestnuts by Cyrus himself. "For The Saints" is a light as air tune that would be better suited at a quicker tempo. "Erroling" has the feel that "For The Saints" could have used. "Lighthearted Intelligenge" is one of best originals and shows just how good this band can be. "Flipper" is another well rounded song that stays with you after the CD is done. If you like your music on the faster side, this may not be for you.