Paster, Ryan & Hall

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(Paster, Ryan & Hall, featuring Chris Cheek: 2006, Self-Released)

Sweet And Lovely (Arnheim, Tobias, Lemare)
Bunzo Bean (Paster)
Wisdom… 1st Things 1st (Hall)
Everything I Love (Porter)
The Wild Kitties (Paster)
Almost Like Being With You (Ryan)
Dark Day (Paster)
No Milquetoast (Paster)
Epiphany (Ryan)
Invisible Horizon (Paster)
East Of The Sun (Bowman)


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Bennett Paster’s effort with this trio [is] a most exciting listen, for he is certainly avoiding clichés while taking the masters to heart, and forging his own personal brand of modern music. (****)

Michael G. Nastos,, 2006

The “Good Feeling” is back! My second CD with Gregory Ryan and Keith Hall emphatically proves it. Recorded in May 2006, this new release showcases our continuing development as a trio and features original music by each of us as well as three new arrangements of standards. True to form, this recording features clarion sonic-fidelity, inspired performances and grooves guaranteed to make you feel good.  Renowned tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek contributes his unique lyricism to three tracks.

Bennett Paster (piano), Chris Cheek (tenor Sax, #8, 9,10), Gregory Ryan (bass), Keith Hall (drums)

Recorded by Larry Phillabaum, May 15 & 16, 2006 at Benny’s Wash n’ Dry Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Mixed by Larry Phillabaum & Bennett Paster, June 2006 at Electric Larryland, Teaneck, NJ
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony Music, NYC

1907 Steinway O rebuilt by Faust Harrison Fine Pianos
Piano Technician Michael Miccio

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(Paster, Ryan & Hall: 2004, Self-Released)

Jabali (Paster)
Her Lullaby (Hall)
Passing Time (Paster)
Some Other TIme (Bernstein, Comden, Green)
Better (Ryan)
Easy and Fun (in B Major) (Ryan)
Skyline (Ryan)
Song for My Sheep (Paster)
Yearnin’ (Nelson)
If I Said Goodbye (Paster)
Naima (Coltrane)


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“Part of the appeal throughout [Skyline] is Paster’s willingness, within a mainstream framework, to take chances. He and the trio sound relaxed, optimistic, vivacious, and Paster’s hands have an infectious percussive exuberance. A beautifully melodic effort, start to finish. ”

Dan McClenaghan,, March, 2005

The debut CD by Paster, Ryan & Hall, Skyline features original music by all three of us as well as arrangements of some favorite standards. This trio swings hard, but we also cover significantly more ground, incorporating R&B, funk and Latin grooves into our music.

Bennett Paster (piano), Chris Cheek (tenor Sax), Gregory Ryan (bass), Keith Hall (drums)

Recorded January 2nd and May 19th, 2004 at Benny’s Wash n’ Dry, Brooklyn, NY
Recorded and Mixed by Larry Phillabaum and Bennett Paster
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony Music, NYC

Cover painting by Monica Cohen