If you like acoustic post bop or simply black gospel music, I think the music of pianist and composer Cyrus Chestnut is suitable for you. Considered as a major force in the evolution of jazz piano in the 21st century, Cyrus Chestnut has an unique and innovative sound, with a mix of different styles and genres, but always within of pure jazz. Cyrus is a very experienced jazz pianist, who has played with giants as Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chick Corea.
Cyrus have various gospel jazz albums, and on this occasion I write about one of my favorites: You are my Sunshine. This album contain a good dose of hard bop, bebop, blues and gospel music. In fact, this album, apart of to have original compositions, you can find interesting versions of traditional hymns as Sweet hour of prayer or Precious Lord. This was the debut album of Cyrus in Warner Bros. label, in which expressed his faith in God and the deep joy that he feel when he plays. In words of Cyrus "It is an attempt to dig deep into the spiritual force that drives music".
In You are my Sunshine, the main goal of Cyrus is create an intimate an spiritual atmosphere, because he does not let the technical virtuosity exceeds the deep reflection and musical elegance. It's important to note the participation of bassist Michael Hawkins and drummer Neal Smith, who perfectly fit to the spirit of Cyrus in this gospel jazz project.
Cyrus Chestnut's official website: http://cyruschestnut.com