The space between traditionalism and experimentalism is a tough place to live. The bulk of the attention usually goes to those who work at these polar extremes, either bowing to the altars of tradition or knocking them down with sledgehammers. Pianist Jamie Reynolds does neither when he writes and plays. Reynolds' debut--Time With People (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2012)--found him working out his own language and concepts within a piano trio setting. It wasn't a run-of-the-mill trio date, but it was far from earth-shattering in its conception. Counterpart, which arrives on the heels of a wholly improvised ...read more
Pianist Jamie Reynolds completed his studies at the University of Toronto in 2004, but his work was hardly done at that point. Reynolds headed to New York a year later and, thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, began studying with pianist Fred Hersch. A second grant afforded him the opportunity to study with Craig Taborn in 2007, giving him the chance to learn from another modern day master, but Reynolds' playing doesn't really bear the mark of either pianist. While he likely took their lessons to heart and absorbed their ideas, he's his own man. ...read more
The art of the ballad seems almost forgotten in today's environment of programmed beats, Auto-Tune and sampled music. But in the hands of three gifted young artists--trumpeter Suresh Singaratnam, singer Gretchen Parlato, and pianist Jamie Reynolds--the magic of intimate songwriting and beautiful music can still capture the heart as heard in the lovely That Is You." Its warm ambiance is perfected: first by the trumpet's glowing introduction; then by Parlato's supple and poignant voice, softly pouring out heartfelt lyrics of love, loss, and expectancy; all measured by the piano's gentle accompaniment. Parlato's always alluring voice is perfectly ...read more
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