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Jamie Reynolds: Grey Mirror

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New York-based pianist Jamie Reynolds set himself up with the challenge of conveying the realities of certain emotions musically. The result is Grey Mirror, a piano trio enhanced by the contributions of guitarist Matthew Stevens and The Westerlies, a two trumpet, two trombone quartet. Reynolds proves himself a fine conceptualist, with some tunes featuring his trio--often shined up with the Wurlitzer--others embellished with the brass guys, and the rest emboldened by Stevens modernistic guitar work. Reynolds also present ...

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Jamie Reynolds: Counterpart

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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 ...

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Jamie Reynolds Trio: Time With People

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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 ...

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Suresh Singaratnam / Gretchen Parlato / Jamie Reynolds: That Is You

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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 ...