Reviews of Paul Jordanous
01/08/2012 Jazz UK - Aug/ Sept 2012 Issue 106
Accomplished young trumpeter Paul Jordanous emerged in Clark Tracey's Sextet a year or two back and now makes his way as a freelance. His 'And Now i Know' is very much a personal project; all eight pieces are his, as is the label, and a very classy affair it is. Other Tracey alumni like altoist Piers Green, Kit Downes (mostly on Fender Rhodes) and vibist Lewis Wright appear alongside harum- scarum tenorist Paul Booth to play cat-and-mouse on the opening 'Kenny Quirky Suite', just one in in a series of imaginative performances. I liked the extra meat from Tom White's trombone and Green's lucidity on the softly pleasing 'Passing Through'. Wright is impressive here, as well. (PV)
28/03/2012 Emrys Baird - Blues & Soul Magazine
Paul Jordanous delivers a sophisticated and heartfelt debut album that has on board the absolute cream of british jazz musicians. It's a refined and polished effort with compositional strengths that swagger joyfully in this classic modern jazz idiom.
Well thought out and not all about the trumpeter either - he doesn't take a solo for at least the first few tracks allowing others to guild his rather exceptional tunes. The pacing of the album draws you in to his world,captivating and thoroughly exhiliarating at times, full of subtlety and dynamics and extremely fluid and intoxicating just like his stylish playing.I'ts has all the hallmarks of a classic, here is an artist who has paid his due, bided his time and struck when the moment was right. Jordanous's calibre as a masterful craftsman is a treasure to behold. Expect alot more from this cat!
09/01/2012 Rainlore's World Of Music
The Paul Jordanous Ensemble's And Now I Know... was released a few short weeks ago last December and is Jordanous' debut album as leader. His recording and performing credits as a sideman are numerous and impressive. It should therefore come as little surprise that this is a very polished release.
It is a delight to come across a trumpet/flugel-led album for a change. Somehow, this species sadly doesn't seem to come along all that often these days. And Jordanous is a formidable player with prodigious chops. The ensemble he has assembled here is remarkable too and includes rising young keyboard stars Kit Downes and Bill Mudge. Also particularly noteworthy are Paul Booth on tenor, Tom White on 'bone, and Lewis Wright on vibes. The ensemble playing is just superb, with excellent soloing - some quite breath-taking improvs all round, in fact. Jordanous leads prominently from the front and is most impressive all round, but also leaves generous room for his co-conspirators to shine.
All eight tracks on And Now I Know... are Jordanous originals, and they are simply superb. There is always plenty of space for improvs, and there are delightfully many of these.
The music is a delight. And Now I Know... is just captivating and gorgeous, with its often richly layered textures and its colourful soundscapes and beautiful melodies and interesting harmonies. Inventive and imaginative, there is a certain charm here whose spell it would be difficult to not fall under. Above all, perhaps, this is fine contemporary jazz that frequently harkens back to the roots and always remains just good, rock-solid jazz. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.
As a boon, we yet again see the quirky, wonderfully as-if-alive artwork of Alban Low on and inside the sleeves of the otherwise delightfully simple digipak double gatefold. Beware - the band might just come alive through Low's artwork!
This album is as consistent as the day is long. Beyond compelling, And Now I Know... is just spellbinding and is an album you'll not only want to listen to repeatedly but come back to again. And again. The Paul Jordanous Ensemble's And Now I Know... surely has to be essential listening for any true jazz aficionado!
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08/01/2012 Cyrus Rhodes - Indie Music Digest. Seattle, WA USA
"world class grooves"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Sounds Like: Miles Davis, Chris Botti, George Duke, Herbie Hancock
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: “Strong: The Reaction”, Passing Through, Rushing the Wait
The CD gently takes to flight with “Kenny Quirky Suite Part I (Here Comes Kenny) an intoxicating intro piece that flows and ebbs its way through to musical fruition. As expected this first piece serves up impressive groove against dynamic Jazz soundscapes with impressive piano and trumpet tandems and solid low-end section. The CD makes a great first impression and literally grabs your attention with its smooth musical flow. Track 2 “Passing Through” keeps things moving in the same smooth direction with more full tilt Piano, Trumpet, infections organ chops, well placed drums, and amazing vibraphone. Track 3 “Strong: The Reaction”: a more marketable piece that serves up impressive Organ intro that methodically evolves into a slamming piece with mesmerizing trumpet, full tilt rhythm section and infectious melodies. The CD makes a great first impression providing 3 solid musical experiences in a row. Musical textures reminiscent of classic Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti, Miles Davis, George Duke and even classic Tony Williams. As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice most of the pieces fill the sonic space with all the attributes of classic free form jazz with amazing Alto and tenor Saxophone, solid rhythm section, well placed Vibraphone, Trombone, Piano and Rhodes Organs and of course Jordanous on the Trumpet. This Ensemble is spot on and provides everything you would expect in the way of musical peak and valley with music that is extremely dynamic and entertaining. All in all the CD has some truly impressive moments showcasing Gold Standard playing, performing, songwriting, rhythm section, chops, dynamic grooves - all rich in melody and flavor. What’s even more impressive is how well all these players share the sonic space with each other yet allowing for much in the way of musical freedom. As a listener I was entertained the entire time. Apart: this Ensemble clearly knows how to play their instruments. Together: they are a well-oiled jazz-machine. From dynamic “Strong: In Hindsight” to slamming “The Squeeze Driver” to passionate “Scotty to Hotty” to rocking “Rushing the Wait” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Kenny Quirky Suite (Part I) the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
I normally dedicated this paragraph to weaknesses found. As you can see I have nothing worthwhile to report.
After spending some time with Paul Jordanous Ensemble it's hard to find any solid weaknesses worth mentioning. Instead as the CD progressed I became more and impressed with the production as a whole. Make no bones about it these are world class grooves and these cats can play Jazz the way it was meant to be played. Most people will agree live performances pack a powerful punch and are quite dynamic and spontaneous. Paul Jordanous Ensemble is an impressive musical production from start to finish. There’s not really a weak song on this entire catalog period! The musicianship is first-rate, the songs are dynamic and passionate. Each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Lastly - the playing, writing abilities of Paul Jordanous and his Ensemble are altogether tantalizing and amazing. Sure to keep you fully entertained well into and enchanted evening.
26/12/2011 Steve Scarborough "It's Just Jazz" Californian Radio KZFR 90.1 FM
The debut album "And Now I Know" from The Paul Jordanous Ensemble features eight original pieces penned by trumpeter Jordanous. The writing is fresh and contemporary and Jordanous has arranged the material intelligently for a variety of voicings--the ensemble ranges from a sextet to a nonet and the group delivers beautiful playing throughout.
Do yourself a favor and wrap your ears around "And Now I Know." When you finish, in addition to saying, "Wow" you will be tempted to say, "And Now I Know."
12/12/2011 Joshua Jennings www.britishjazzblog.com
Any release that boasts mercury nominated Kit Downes on the piano is going to make the jazz community sit up and pay attention. Paul Jordanous's debut release boasts not only Downes but also some of the other finest musicians on the UK jazz scene.
Trumpeter Jordanous has written eight original compositions for the record and I have to say they are some of the coolest and most stylish sounding to have been released in the last year.
A great blend of styles and rich dynamics mean that the album takes you on a real musical journey. Definetly one to sit down with a beer and listen to from start to finish.
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