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Lucy O'Day and The Simon Latarche Trio: Honeymoon

Read "Honeymoon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Pianist and composer Simon Latarche has been very active on the performance front but has not released new music since his self-produced Cornish Preludes, Book II (Pentreath Music, 2012). As he did on that album's prequel, Latarche worked in a septet format, closing each album with a revealing solo piano piece. Though he tours with several formations, much of his recent work has been in a trio format where his fine playing receives more attention. In 2017 Latarche began working ...

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Simon Latarche: Cornish Preludes Book II

Read "Cornish Preludes Book II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Simon Latarche's sophomore outing is the sequel to Cornish Preludes (Pentreath Music, 2010) and features the same fine ensemble that shaped the success of that debut. Cornish Preludes Book II continues the UK-based composer/pianist's scholastic pursuit of Claude Debussy's approach to impressionist composition. Combining his academic interest with the influences of Cornwall's colorful history and natural beauty, Latarche has produced another winner.The full ensemble is engaged to a somewhat greater extent on Cornish Preludes Book II compared to ...

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Simon Latarche: Cornish Preludes

Read "Cornish Preludes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Simon Latarche has produced an out of the ordinary set of jazz-based preludes, based on his own academic pursuits of Bach, Chopin and Debussy's approaches to the form. The resulting Cornish Preludes is a terrific collection from the UK-based composer/pianist/educator's Jazz Ensemble. Latarche's compositions are a near perfect combination of lyricism and improvisation, and the ensemble provides finely knit support to Latarche's considerable talents as a pianist. “The Endless Journey" begins the set with a traditional swing beat, ...


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