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Kirk Lightsey


A pianist who’s not really a trendsetter but is consistently excellent, Kirk Lightsey way back when developed his personal sound inside the hard bop custom. He began playing piano when he was five, although he also performed clarinet during senior high school. Lightsey worked well in Detroit and California in the first ’60s, often associated singers. He obtained some interest in 1965 when he documented with Sonny Stitt and was on five Prestige information with Chet Baker. Nevertheless, Lightsey mostly experienced low-profile gigs until he toured with Dexter Gordon (1979-1983) and became area of the Market leaders (beginning in the past due ’80s). Kirk Lightsey offers documented with Jimmy Raney, Clifford Jordan, Woody Shaw, David Murray, and Harold Property, among others, and it has led his personal classes for Criss Mix and Sunnyside, including piano duets with Harold Danko. He released the duo recording, The Evenings of Bradleys with bassist Rufus Reid on Sunnyside in 2004.

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Full Name Kirk Lightsey
Profession Jazz Pianist
Music Songs Habiba, Trinkle Tinkle, Wayne Shorter, Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, Wild Flower, Speak No Evil, Society Red, Moon Ra, Never let me go, Blueberry Hill, Kirk's blues, Giant Steps, Close enough for love, Little Old Lady, You and the Night and the Music, Temptation, Goodbye Mr. Evans, Girl With the Purple Eyes, The Best is yet to come, Bop Kick, A Time For Love, Pee Wee, Sweet Lorraine, Two Tenor Winner, Witch Hunt, Little Daphne, St Bop, Hotel Venus, Double Reality, Inner Urge, Donkey Dust, Isotope
Albums Kirk N Marcus, First Affairs, Shorter by Two, Lightsey To Gladden, Nights of Bradley's, Lightsey 1, Reeds and Keys, Temptation, Isotope, Some Place Called Where, Kirk 'n Marcus, The News, Le Corbu, Saying Something, 1991, Solo Piano En Argentina (Festival Internacional De Jazz De Buenos Aires), The Master, From Kirk to Nat, Everything Happens To Me, Burnin', Peer Pressure

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The Preacher's Wife 1996 Sax Player
Freejack 1992 Sax Player
Convoy 1978 Septic Sam
A Field of Honor 1973 Short

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Comédie! 1987 musician: Tenor Sax - as Georges Coleman

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