Pin It
.
Favorites

CD Review: Boyd Lee Dunlop “The Lake Reflections” 

You may remember the story from a few years ago about a great jazz pianist in his 80s who was discovered in a Buffalo nursing home. His name was Boyd Lee Dunlop and his story was a tough one. Despite being a formidable pianist and the brother of drummer Frankie Dunlop, who played with Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and others, he had recorded only one album in the late 1950s as a side-man with Big Jay McNeely.

Dunlop spent most of his life working in steel mills and rail yards and playing in small venues like Buffalo’s Colored Musician’s Club. And there he was, at the nursing home, sitting at an old, out of tune piano, and playing beautifully when photographer Brendan Bannon chanced upon him. It wasn’t long before Dunlop recorded his first album as a leader, the highly regarded trio CD, 2011's “Boyd’s Blues.” He was 85.

Two years later Dunlop is back with a moving solo work, “The Lake Reflections.” On this session, listeners will get more of a sense of what it must have been like to hear this almost forgotten treasure musing at the keyboard. On the album Dunlop plays a reflective, almost stream-of-consciousness set of mostly ballads. All of the songs are given new names but there are unmistakable standards - “Old Folks At Home,” “Angel Eyes” - surfacing now and then. Dunlop is a lyrical player with gorgeous tone and a dynamic approach to the keyboard. It’s sad to think that, if not for a chance encounter with a prominent photographer, his wonderful song may have remained unsung.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Music Reviews

Browse Listings

Submit an event
  • Re: Sinclair TV spreads the conservative message

    • "...McPherson says Sinclair is exposing a broader audience to a conservative viewpoint using the "sheen…

    • on February 22, 2019
  • Re: Adam McFadden facing federal charges

    • Damn!... is EVERYONE involved in politics full of ????

    • on February 22, 2019
  • Re: Adam McFadden facing federal charges

    • Damn!... is EVERYONE involved in politics full of ???

    • on February 22, 2019
  • More »
  • This Week's Issue

    Cover Story:
    Yarms: a profile in musical curiosity
    If you’ve frequented the folk and singer-songwriter circuits in Rochester in the last 10 years, you’ve probably heard Ryan Yarmel play. Every Wednesday this month at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Yarmel is hosting a stylistically diverse concert series called the “Yarms February Frolic.” read more ...

    Tweets @RocCityNews

    © 2019 City Newspaper.

    Website powered by Foundation.