Mindeman's beautifully sculpted right-hand lines were worth savoring.
In Your Waking Eyes is a largely electric program of Langston Hughes poems set to music composed and inventively arranged by Mindeman... He has been a sideman for bassists John Clayton, Rodney Whitaker and fellow Chicagoan Matt Ulery, but this album is a bold statement of his own.
Stu Mindeman is an active pianist/keyboardist/composer based in Chicago. Stu spent his formative years in Santiago, Chile and Chicago, raised in a home filled with music.
In addition to touring with Kurt Elling, Stu has performed throughout the world with many other artists, including Kirk Whalum, Gloria Estefan, Dave Weckl, Antonio Sanchez, Mark Guiliana, Steve Smith, James Genus, Howard Levy, John Clayton, Fareed Haque, Juan Pastor's Chinchano, Marquis Hill, Matt Ulery, Gary Sinise, Christopher Cross, and many others.
He has also had the pleasure of musically directing for Chicago's The Second City comedy troupe, in addition to composing, arranging, and producing for numerous other artists in Chicago and worldwide.
Stu's latest album of original music, In Your Waking Eyes: Poems by Langston Hughes, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim.