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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

CD Review: The Dominic J. Marshall Trio - Icaros.

Dominic J. Marshall (pno); Tobias Nijboer (bs); Kaspars Kurdeko (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Why?, I ask myself, haven't I heard, or even heard of, Dominic J. Marshall before now. A product of that mega musical maelstrom that is Leeds College of Music, where he arrived via the Alan Hawkshaw Scholarship route, Marshall went on to win the prestigious LCM Piano Prize.
From Leeds he re-located to Amsterdam which probably explains why he slipped off my radar. The loss is mine.
Fortunately, this, his second CD, redresses the balance.
Ten self-penned compositions reveal a pianist/composer well-versed in contemporary sounds whilst at the same time retaining all the core essentials of the jazz tradition - not least a sense of romanticism. This is beautifully displayed in Ojos De La Pastora where he bears his soul in composition and probing improvisations.
The moods change with each track and, frequently within the track. Drifting, swinging, reflective, hard hitting, helped along by Latvian Kurdeko's intuitive drumming and the complementing bass-lines of Amsterdam's Nijboer.
The trio have been compared with EST, which is no small comparison, but the truth is they have an original voice that owes nothing to anyone but themselves!
Listen to Sphere on YouTube.
The Dominic J. Marshall Trio - Icaros is due for release in September on the F-IRE Label..
Lance.

1 comment :

Peter S. said...

Lance - I see you know of the Alan Hawkshaw Scholarship at Leeds. You may remember I told you of my acquaintance with Alan when working on the same Signals Watch at RAF Ayios Nicholaos, Cyprus during the 56 - 58 Years. He was a Leeds lad and a great pianist then even tho' we acquired a sunburnt Winnie Atwell replica. He could really make that talk and inject much of his Yorkshire humour. I actually have an old photograph with him on that old worn out keyboard. He was very popular and entertaining as you can imagine. Thanks for introducing me
to Dominic J. Marshall from that Leeds School of Music. I really enjoy what I hear and see on Youtube and must explore more of this musicians
compositions.

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