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INTERVIEWS

Huw Warren: Global Music from a Local Perspective

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Welsh pianist and composer, Huw Warren, has been an important voice on the British jazz scene for many years. With a seemingly endless appetite for music, Warren has both been delving into Brazilian music with singer Maria Pia de Vito and played ethereal folk-inspired jazz music with another singer, June Tabor, in the trio Quercus. He has also worked as Tabor's musical director for many years. Aside from his many gigs as a sideman, Warren is teaching ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

June Tabor / Iain Ballamy / Huw Warren: Quercus

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Awaiting release for more than seven years, Quercus is not the first time ECM has branched into the realm of traditional British music combined with jazz improvisation. Unlike the rawer and more unfettered freedom of producer Steve Lake's inspired pairing of singer Robin Williamson with improvisers including violist Mat Maneri, bassist Barre Phillips and Swedish traditionalist Ale Möller on recordings like The Iron Stone (2007), however, Quercus is a more refined, elegant and dark live recording that pairs renowned British ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

June Tabor, Huw Warren, Iain Ballamy: Quercus

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June Tabor has been superb for so long that it is easy to take her for granted as England's finest female traditional folk singer. Despite holding that status for many years, she has never seemed to rest on her laurels. Alongside the traditional folk songs on which she built her reputation, Tabor has a repertoire broad enough to include John Lennon's “In My Life," Lou Reed's “All Tomorrow's Parties," Elvis Costello's “Shipbuilding" and Joy Division's “Love Will Tear Us Apart," ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Huw Warren: Hermeto +

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Pianist Huw Warren has been inspired by the music of Hermeto Pascoal for over 25 years, and Hermeto + is a fitting tribute to the idiosyncratic Brazilian composer. The tunes--half of them written by Pascoal, half written by Warren--move from lyrical ballads to up-tempo dance tunes via occasional experimental pieces, demonstrating the range of both composers' styles as well as the technical ability of Warren's trio. The album is bookended by two Warren tunes: “The End Is ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Maria Pia De Vito & Huw Warren: Dialektos

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Italian jazz, world and classical singer Maria Pia De Vito has a penchant for British pianists. Before hooking up with Huw Warren, in the late 1990s/early 2000s she made three albums with John Taylor, including her breakthrough set Phone (Egea, 1998).

For his part, Warren has an affinity with singers. A long-time accompanist and musical director for June Tabor, his other collaborations include the sublime Duw A Wyr (God Only Knows) (Babel, 2005), a collection of Welsh-language hymns ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Punkt 07 - Kristiansand, Norway - Day Two, August 30, 2007

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4As 5:00 PM approached, anticipation of the first official day for Punkt 07 continued to grow. The Agder Theater is a beautiful venue, with a large bar area for meeting up with artists and other media folks from as far away as Japan and China. Like the increasingly cosmopolitan makeup of the musicians who have come to perform at Punkt, there's a large contingent of writers ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Huw Warren & Peter Herbert: Everything We Love And More

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He may be best known for his work with Perfect Houseplants and June Tabor, but pianist/composer Huw Warren's own albums are amongst the most precious treasures of the British jazz scene.

Last autumn, Warren gave us one of 2005's highlights with Duw A Wyr. A characteristically free-spirited and well-realised set, the album featured the young Welsh singer Lleuwen Steffan on a collection of hymns sung by proto-socialist miners in the South Wales valleys a hundred years ago, accompanied by Warren ...