The first thing that really hits you listening to David Vest’s new album, East Meets Vest is how brilliantly the piano is recorded. The crystal clear impact of it hits you with an immediacy as if there was no distance, as if you were right there in the studio or even better a living room. If there were any studio effects used in this recording it doesn’t sound it.
David Vest is one of the hidden gems of American music and along the way he’s played many kinds of music and written many kinds of songs. For the past decade or so he’s turned to his first musical love blues, and this album makes it very clear why. Vest has been performing since the ’50s, for years as a sideman. He’s worked with Big Joe Turner, Bill Black, Lavelle White and Jimmy T99 Nelson among others. It is obvious from his music he knows all the greats of blues piano and has learned from all of them from Otis Spann to Champion Jack Dupree.
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