The nineteenth century author Gustave Flaubert was famous for his phrase le mot juste, meaning the right word." Flaubert believed in exactitude of expression, and his work is a testament to the harmony that results from precision. It's therefore not surprising that New Zealand pianist Phil Broadhurst has invoked the author on his superb Flaubert's Dance. A master of subtle emotions, Broadhurst paints with a fine brush that captures a range of feelings, creating deeply nuanced music supported by wide knowledge and careful choices. Just as Broadhurst's previous release Delayed Reaction (Rattle, 2012) was an original work inspired ...read more
For several decades now, pianist Phil Broadhurst has been one of New Zealand's most essential jazz musicians. In addition to his active performance schedule, he is head of the Jazz Studies department at the New Zealand School of Music in Auckland, he hosts a weekly nationwide broadcast called The Art of Jazz," and he is co-author of Kiwi Real Books: Vol. 1 & 2, a collection of several hundred jazz compositions by New Zealand composers. Broadhurst has won New Zealand's Jazz Record of the Year award three times, and in 2000 he was the first jazz musician to be honored ...read more
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