Fans of traditional jazz and National Public Radio’s great series Riverwalk: Live From The Landing
will immediately recognize John Sheridan. As pianist with the show’s Jim Cullum Jazzband
, Sheridan wrote over one thousand arrangements over the years. His association with Jim Cullum began when John ended his career with the U.S. Navy in the seventies. He spent 24 years with the band from San Antonio, Texas, leaving in 2002 although he still works with Cullum on special projects. His "post-Cullum" years are spent performing at jazz festivals and with various all-star groups.
John Sheridan is one of Arbors Records’ most recorded musicians, appearing with Dan Barrett, Rebecca Kilgore, Dick Hyman, Bob Wilbur, Brian Ogilvie, his own Dream Band
and solo recordings. His most recent appearance was on the fine Head To Head
album with John Allred and Wycliffe Gordon. His duet performance with Dick Hyman on Forgotten Dreams
is superb and among my favorite traditional jazz records.
, the pianist tackles the Great American Songbook and a few seldom-heard pieces by giants like Cole Porter, the Gershwins and Walter Donaldson. As always, Sheridan plays flawlessly and is generous with his accompanists. Both David Stone
and Tony DeNicola
are given ample opportunities to flaunt their skills. Every reviewer will have his or her own favorites on an album like this. Mine happened to be Harold Adamson and Walter Donaldson’s 1936 gem It’s Been So Long
followed closely by Leo Robin and Harry Warren’s bluesy No Love, No Nothin’
Those among you who love piano trios will appreciate this melodic trip through time.