Originality, flair for dramatic invention, and outright virtuosity... Hays and his rhythm team deliver consistently inviting performances that display a tantalizing blend of reflection and bravura.
Telepathic rapport… [the New Day Trio’s] union is such a welcome one.
[North] shines light on Hays’s scintillating gift for thematic improvisation, fluent phrasing, sparkling tone, and lucid articulation, plus his smooth prestidigitation with time signatures and smart, luminous harmonic surprises.
An ideal ensemble for Hays’ concepts… Hays should hold fast to this unit.
– Modern Drummer
Kevin Hays’s latest release, North, focuses on elements of history, beauty and hope. His musical scope goes beyond the jazz standards he incorporates on the record, bridging his love of classical, blues, soul, folk and rock music into his originals. The recording marks a return to the acoustic piano trio format, featuring Rob Jost (double bass) and Greg Joseph (drums) alongside Hays. North is now available through Sunnyside Records.