In 2000, Chestnut delivered his first holiday-themed album, Charlie Brown Christmas, and rounded out his Atlantic
contract with 2001's all-original Soul Food. He then moved to Warner Bros.
for 2003's You Are My Sunshine, followed by Genuine Chestnut in 2006 and Cyrus Plays Elvis in 2007. The following year, he released Black Nile on Japan's M&I
label. In 2013, he delivered the hard bop-infused Soul Brother Cool, which featured trumpeter Freddie Hendrix
. He then showcased his trio on the concert album Midnight Melodies, recorded live at Smoke in New York City.
In 2015, Chestnut released his debut album for HighNote
, the trio effort A Million Colors in Your Mind, which featured backing from bassist David Williams and drummer Victor Lewis
. For his second HighNote
effort, 2016's Natural Essence, the pianist was joined by bassist Buster Williams
and drummer Lenny White
. Williams and White
were once again on board for 2017's There's a Sweet Sweet Spirit, which also featured vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Also that year, he joined Charnett Moffett
on the bassist's Music from Our Soul. ~ Ken Dryden, Rovi