"Get It Right!" CD Review
by GEORGE FENDEL
Jazz Society of Oregon (JSO) - May 2006
In Stuart Elster, we have another gifted piano player who has emerged from that eclectic music milieu called Los Angeles. Since 2002, Elster has been house pianist at The Vic in Santa Monica. On Thursdays, he leads his own trio there with Luther Hughes, bass and Paul Kreibich, drums. It is that same trio which is heard here, beginning with a snappy blues, Elster's title tune, "Get It Right." Three more originals follow, including "Waltz For Rachel," a flowing example of taste and economy. The remainder of the progam consists of familiar fare ranging from "Juicy Lucy" to "Willow Weep For Me;" from "Jitterbug Waltz" to "You're My Thrill." A few other faves included a melodically rich "How Deep Is The Ocean," and a nicely relaxed, yet bouncy take on "I've Never Been In Love Before" as well as "Taking A Chance On Love." Elster retains throughout the CD an elegant "John Bunch-like" touch, and most importantly, he swings.