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Music Box

Artist: John Donaldson

Date of Release: 27/03/2006

Catalogue no: 859

Label: Woodville

Price: £8

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Trinkle Tinkle

3.00

2

 

Light Blue

5.52

3

 

Petrucciani

3.52

4

 

Unknown

1.49

5

 

Pearl's Song

7.33

6

 

What's New

5.43

7

 

Dis Here

5.32

8

 

Music Box

2.05

9

 

Hey There

7.45

10

 

We will meet again

3.43

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Asaf Sirkis


From top UK pianist a beautifully recorded New Piano Trio featuring Asaf Sirkis and Oli Hayhurst. Originals compositions, Monk Tunes and standards.

 

Reviews

 

10/05/0006 Misc reviews

The album is simply superb, fluent, flowing pianistics set against a busy, energetic polyrhythmic drum and bass support. Altogether a magnificent piano album’.
Chris Yates. Jazz Rag.

‘One of the great piano players of recent British jazz. A patient, absorbing player by no means averse to building Tyneresque tension and release into his solos, but generally more interested in the subtle melodic and rhythmic felicities that can be drawn from them. A fine trio album.’
Chris Parker. VortexJazz.co.uk


‘Donaldson’s interpretations are strongly influenced by Sirkis's fluttering cymbals and tapping percussion, so much so that his dancing notes sound like the wings of butterflies. The tunes feel newly free and mischievous.’
Chris Searle. Morning Star

‘Pianist Donaldson turns up in bands led by Alan Barnes or Don Weller and can steal the show even in such company. He turns fleeting cues into triumphs, has a sophisticated harmonic sense and flair for dynamics-all demonstrated on this fine trio date.’
Peter Vacher. Jazz UK

‘A strong collection of tunes all round. A direct and assured approach’ ****
Peter Bacon. Birmingham Post

 

09/04/0006 Dave Gelly, The Observer

John Donaldson
Music Box (Woodville)
With remarkably little publicity or fuss, John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain's most exciting contemporary jazz pianists. Along with some excellent originals and a few standards, the music on this CD contains pieces by, or dedicated to, other pianists, from Monk to Michel Petrucciani. This points to Donaldson's ability to absorb ideas from players and transmute them into his own distinctive style. He is joined by bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Asaf Sirkis, who provide far more than mere accompaniment. Hayhurst has good ideas of his own, and Sirkis is a constant stimulus.
DG

 

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