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David Rees-Williams Trio

  • Jazz
  • Piano Trio

Reviews

David Rees-Williams Trio press reviews

'His masterful adaptations of pieces from the classical repertoire are accomplished, insightful and endlessly fascinating ... he moves seamlessly between the written and improvised and takes the music in fresh and unexpected directions.'

Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise

‘The David Rees-Williams Trio have just got better and better …… their new recording of jazz forays into the classical repertoire is just magical.'

Guy Dammann, The Guardian

‘Rees-Williams can cast a Bach prelude in exotic colours, but he and his colleagues are equally at home with Scarlatti, Grieg and Cesar Franck - they deserve a wider audience among jazz fans and classical diehards.’

Clive Davis, Sunday Times

‘Rees-Williams has taken the Jacques Loussier style of swinging Bach way further, tackling Franck, Grieg and Ravel with his piano trio while adding Hammond organ to the mix. The results are beautiful, subtle and dramatic.’

Sholto Byrnes, First Post

‘Jacques Loussier may have done it first but David Rees-Williams does it better. This trio continually presents us with startlingly new perspectives on old compositions, without making fun of the composers. They capture the romanticism of Grieg as well as the implicit lyricism of Bach and the playfulness of Mozart. It is to be hoped that this CD and their previous albums will make them much more widely known. They certainly deserve it.’

Tony Augarde, MusicWeb

'This piano trio delight in putting the improvisation back into classical music.'

Editor's Choice, HMV Choice

‘David Rees-Williams’ rendition of ‘When I am laid in earth’ by Henry Purcell literally stole my breath….I have been reduced to a groupie….David played a magical set of syncopated Stanford, Bach and the ethereal Purcell…the trio far outstrips anything achieved by Jacques Loussier or the Swingles. They are on another plane and deserve huge recognition.’

Jon Snow, Evening Standard

‘The third release by the David Rees-Williams Trio, whose speciality is to place classical themes in the context of the jazz piano trio, is the best by far.’

Independent on Sunday

‘David Rees-Williams excellent trio breathes new life into work by composers who were themselves improvisers…..the Rees-Williams disc is a delight.’

The Independent

‘the ingenuity of the arrangements: Purcell’s Ground in E minor and a Buxtehude gigue, not to mention Elgar’s Chanson de Matin, turn out to be fertile material for the pianist and his partners……..provocative fare for the general listener…this is a set that yields its secrets at its own discreet pace.’

Sunday Times

‘The Canterbury-based pianist must be weary of hearing the comparisons with Jacques Loussier. His intelligent improvisations on Ravel, Bach and Purcell have a character all their own.’

Sunday Times Top 10 of 2004

‘….fresh and inspiring music.’

Jazzwise Magazine

‘…Hidden Colours…walks a tightrope between classical and jazz, reworking existing tunes to stunning effect….they have a contender for album of the year.’

Editor’s Choice, HMV Choice

‘..an accomplished pianist whose repertoire contains some of the most gracefully eloquent themes ever composed…he is clearly an impassioned collector of great tunes, wherever they come from.’

The Guardian

‘these are not jazzed-up classics but genuine reinterpretations that never lose sight of their musical roots.’

Rob Cowan, BBC Radio 3

‘Rees-Williams is an improviser with a voice of his own. It may be the fate of Hidden Colours to become hip background music but this album is much smarter than that.’

The Times

‘...all but the cloth-eared will find the Rees-Williams disc a delight.’

Sholto Byrnes, Independent on Sunday

‘It was delightful to hear these exceptionally gifted musicians exploring and re-inventing a whole range of unlikely music.’

Xenophone Kelsey, Ripon Gazette