Friday, July 20, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Billy Childs
Album:The Child Within
Jazz pianist Billy Childs is an excellent composer & arranger. He's another one of these guys who prefers to stay in the background. He was born Mar. 8, 1957 in Los Angeles. He has a composing degree from USC. He started out touring with JJ Johnson and was in Freddie Hubbard's band from 1978-84. He has also had a long association with singer Dianne Reeves. Childs recorded as a leader for several years on Windham Hill Jazz. He hasn't been as active as a leader since leaving that label in 1994. But this 1996 CD The Child Within on Shanachie is great music with a standout band. Musicians are Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Ravi Coltrane on tenor sax, Dave Holland on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums. That's a great band by anyone's standards. Childs last recorded as a leader in 2000. In recent years, he has been commissioned to compose a lot of classical music. Last year he toured with trumpeter Chris Botti and he still works with Dianne Reeves occasionally. Here is Billy Childs with Dianne Reeves performing How High The Moon.