Radiance: A classic jazz piano trio album: listenable, yet clever and soulful, from a master of his craft.

Radiance: Music at the Crossroads of Beauty and Groove

As the world around us continues to grow ever more complex, Bennett Paster looked to music as an antidote: something to settle, to soothe, to smooth the wrinkles of our modern lives. His latest album, Radiance, reflects the results of his search.  It is an exuberant expression of the jazz piano trio tradition: music at the crossroads of beauty and groove.

Synthesizing elements of soul jazz, boogaloo, blues and funk, with singable melodies and a touch of modern harmony, the music is satisfyingly listenable while still substantial and genuine. On Radiance, Paster’s all-original compositions run the gamut from understated to joyous.  His fluent pianism, distinctive musical voice, and effortless melodicism ring true, as he and his classic trio of piano, bass, and drums reinvent and carry the jazz tradition into the future. Radiance places groove and swing front and center- Paster has crafted an indispensable addition to the modern jazz canon.

Release Date: November 1, 2023

Bennett Paster: piano • Gary Wang: bass • Tony Mason: drums

Recorded by Bennett Paster at Benny’s Wash & Dry, December 2022 & April 2023
Mixed by Larry Phillabaum at Cloudland Recording
Mastered by Katsuhiko Naito

All songs composed by Bennett Paster
Wild Kitties Music (BMI)

Photos by Jenni Walkowiak
Design by Atjeljestudio
© (p) 2023 Bennett Paster


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Bennett Paster – Keyboardist, composer, and musician Paster is one of New York City’s most creative and versatile musicians. He has performed original music at clubs, concerts and festivals in the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Central and South Asia and throughout Europe. He has performed with jazz and blues stars Wallace Roney, Keb Mo, Robben Ford, Kurt Elling, Curtis Stigers, Rufus Reid, Bill Stewart, Billy Hart, Peter Erskine, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ndugu Chancler and Yosvany Terry among others. He has also performed with musical theater and cabaret stars Christine Ebersole, Ann Hampton Calloway and Michael Cerveris. Fluent in a variety of different styles and musical idioms and equally talented on piano, organ, and electric keyboard, Paster co-led the Latin jazz ensemble Grupo Yanqui with bassist Gregory Ryan; they co-led a trio with Keith Hall on Skyline (2004) and Invisible Horizon (2006). His funky organ trio Organic! has two releases: The Undoing (2001) and Sweets (2006), and Paster fronted all-star groups on Relentless Pursuit Of The Beautiful (2012), and Indivisible (2019).