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Extraordinary is the word when it comes to describing pianist Billy Childs … his 1988 debut on Windham Jill Jazz titled “Take for Example This” by the Grammy winner is still within and arms reach in my music collection. Without hesitation, I boldly say this remarkable talent and a gifted artist voice should be heard and embraced by music enthusiast. The versatile Childs has recently worked as the music director for smooth jazz trumpet player Chris Botti. Stay tuned, for the follow up to his award winning “Lyric.” His forthcoming record is appropriately titled, “Jazz Chamber Music Vol II” which is due out early 2010″ via ArtistShare. Word has it, Childs shaped this jewel with the same intense innovative spirit as he brilliantly executed on “Lyric.” ~ Rob Young | The Urban Flux

Billy Childs | Take For Example This – [Windham Hill Jazz, 1988]

Billy Childs

Billy Childs

This early effort from Los Angeles-based pianist and composer Billy Childs starts out on a decent level and gets stronger as it goes along. Childs is a versatile writer whose compositions are creative and complex post-bop. His piano playing on this set sometimes recalls Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, but already shows strong signs of his emerging musical personality. With excellent playing from Bob Sheppard on tenor, flute, and soprano on six of the eight selections (all Childs originals) and a couple tight rhythm sections, Billy Childs’ early set is well worth searching for. – Scott Yanno

Source: AllMusic.com also, please visit www.billychilds.com.