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Nikki Iles: Hush

Read "Hush" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The transatlantic band that created Hush--British pianist Nikki Iles, and American bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Jeff Williams--had never played together as a trio before their single rehearsal session on the night prior to recording at Dave Bennett's New Jersey studio in September 2010. That the album sounds like the product of years of collaboration is a testament to the trio's skills, and to these three musicians' mutual understanding, for Hush is a beautiful and affecting record.The overall ...

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Nikki Iles: Meditation and Collaboration

Read "Nikki Iles: Meditation and Collaboration" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist and composer Nikki Iles describes herself as one of the “not- so-young-anymore generation" of British jazz musicians--a fair comment, in chronological terms, from a musician born in the mid-'60s. But more importantly, she's a musician of experience, expertise and talent, viewed with great respect by players across the world. Iles' self-description does seem to be typical of her modest and slightly self- deprecating approach, though: she's not one for ego trips or grandiose claims. In fact, she is more ...

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Nikki Iles Quintet: Veils

Read "Veils" reviewed by John Kelman

The vibrancy of the British jazz scene is something that for the most part continues to elude listeners on the North American side of the Atlantic. While some artists, including trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and pianist John Taylor, are receiving their proper due--Taylor, though, only in recent times--others, including saxophonists Martin Speake , Stan Sulzmann and Iain Ballamy, still await the broader recognition they so duly deserve. Add to that list pianist Nikki Iles, who, along with some fine collaborations with ...

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Nikki Iles/Duncan Hopkins/Anthony Michelli: Everything I Love

Read "Everything I Love" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The musicians who have influenced pianist Nikki Iles come in varying temperament. They include Bill Evans, John Taylor and John Abercrombie. There can be no gripe with that focus, particularly when the music on this recording is presented in evidence.

This piano trio works well. Iles has toured with Duncan Hopkins and Anthony Michelli--the two have developed a fine working relationship setting up the rhythm for other musicians--and the closeness they have established is manifested right through. This ...