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Hush

Artist: Nikki Iles

Date of Release: 20/02/2012

Catalogue no: SRCD 38-2

Label: Basho

Price: £7.56

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Everybody's Song But My Own (Kenny Wheeler)

7.18

2

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Meditations (Nikki Iles)

6.29

3

 

Nardis (Miles Davis)

6.59

4

 

The Glide (Ralph Towner)

6.51

5

 

You Must Believe in Spring (Michel Legrand)/Spring Is Here (Rodgers and Hart)

8.14

6

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Hush (Nikki Iles)

5.12

7

 

Hi Steve (Julian Argüelles)

5.41

8

 

In Your Own Sweet Way (Dave Brubeck)

6.59

9

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The Incense of Colour (Nikki Iles)

6.20

 

 

 

 

with Rufus Reid and Jeff Williams
"Hush" features a lyrical eclectic mix of tunes, some originals with a mix of Arguelles, Towner, Wheeler, Le Grand , David, Brubeck and Rodgers and Hart.

10 years ago Nikki Iles recorded her first trio album "Everything I Love" on Basho with Canadians Duncan Hopkins and Anthony Michelli. It seemed time for a new one . The new Nikki Iles album "Hush" due for release in February 2012 on Basho was inspired by a project with the London Philharmonic's 'Renga' ensemble where both Rufus and Nikki were featured composers. Having played with Jeff Williams in Martin Speake's band Nikki came up with the idea of recording an album in New York with two New Yorkers that had never played together at Dae Bennett's (son of Tony) in September 2010.

Nikki says: "To make music with Jeff and Rufus has been an incredible privilege. They have played with so many of the great names in jazz and are now a part of the history of this music. I really felt inspired by the depth of their playing. In recording this CD I found the kind of unforced interaction and intimacy that I love which allows for a continuous free flow of ideas".

 

Reviews

 

01/04/2012 Brian Blain, JazzUK

If I hear a better album this year than Nikki Iles’ Hush (Basho) I will be very surprised. Nikki has long been known for her fine playing and it’s hard to think of her as one of the not-so-young-as-they-used-to-be generation as she reflects with amusement in her album notes, but this set must surely put her up there with the very best. Recorded in New York with her regular American drummer, Jeff Williams, who splits his time between NY and London, and the real catalyst, bassist Rufus Reid, someone who has played with ‘everybody’, this is empathetic piano trio playing of the highest class. The opening track begins with a slightly oblique, our of tempo statement of Kenny Wheeler’s Everybody’s Song But My Own, an Iles favourite, and then eases into a gorgeous faster than medium tempo which demonstrates a perfect blend of swing, strength of playing yet with a lightness of touch and ‘conversational’ bass playing that still walks the walk. The album abounds in great tunes – Ralph Towner’s The Glide, Miles’ Nardis, Brubeck’s In Your Own Sweet Way and two ‘Spring’ tunes by Michel Legrand and Rodgers & Hart, Nikki’s own themes are slightly darker but with their own strong melodic substance. Forget all that downloading MP3 carry-on – just buy it.

 

29/03/2012 John Fordham, The Guardian

pianist Nikki Iles can be sidelined as unfashionably orthodox – but she's one of the UK's best-kept secrets, with a silvery touch and uncloying emotional warmth
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22/03/2012 Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann 4 stars****

A lovely album that embraces both the mainstream and the contemporary and which captures Nikki Iles' delicate strengths superbly.
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13/03/2012 Chris Parker, London Jazz

she approaches everything she plays with genuine respect, her love and knowledge of the compositions imbuing her interpretations of them with intimacy and reverence, liberally laced with musical wit, elegance and grace.
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28/02/0112 Dave Gelly, The Observer

Nikki Iles is a pianist of extraordinary imagination who thrives on fugitive melodies. In this set she takes pieces such as Kenny Wheeler's "Everybody's Song But My Own" and Miles Davis's "Nardis", which constantly slide away from the obvious, and gently teases them into sparkling new shapes. When she plays her own compositions it's as though she is still discovering them. With her are bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Jeff Williams, two American masters who fall instinctively into her way of thinking. The art of the jazz piano trio takes many forms nowadays, but for sheer enjoyment this calm, lucid teamwork is unsurpassed.

 

24/02/0112 The Financial Times 4 stars****

Nikki Iles captures the light touch, ironic logic and irresistible pulse of an in-his- prime Bill Evans.The late pianists impressionism has been much imitated but it has rarely been mastered with the freshness and composure that Iles and her close-knit piano trio deliver. Bassist Rufus Reid is a punchy but not overpowering second lead and Jeff Williams is the understated drummer. Highlights include Kenny Wheeler’s rarely covered “Everybody’s Song But My Own”the in- style classic “Nardis” and the Iles/composed title track.

 

22/02/0112 The Jazz Breakfast

In September 2010 British pianist Nikki Iles went into the recording studio of Tony Bennett’s son, Dae, in New Jersey, accompanied by two New York musicians she had come to know but who had never played together before: double bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Jeff Williams. This album is the glorious result. A fine Basho Records release which should bring Nikki Iles the far wider recognition she so richly deserves.
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01/02/0112 Jazzwise 4 stars****

a lovely disc

 

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