You Are My Sunshine

Cyrus Chestnut

14 July 2003

“A highly intelligent improviser with one of the surest senses of swing in jazz.”—New York Times

In the wake of his acclaimed album Soul Food – which was included in Down Beat’s list of the best records of 2002, and ascended to the Top 10 of the US jazz charts, pianist Cyrus Chestnut returns with his most evocative and accessible statement.Incorporating elements of blues, gospel and jazz, You Are My Sunshine includes five self-penned originals, such as the ascendant ‘Hope Song’, and the ‘Light Hearted Intelligence’, which more than lives up to its name, as well as eight well known – and loved compositions from pop, gospel and folk traditions, like ‘You Are My Sunshine’, ‘Precious Lord, Take My Hand’ or Cole Porter’s ‘It’s Alright With Me’.

Cyrus Chestnut: pianoMichael Hawkins: bassNeal Smith: drums