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Chris Gestrin: After the City Has Gone: Quiet

Read "After the City Has Gone: Quiet" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Back in 2004, Chris Gestrin (piano, prepared piano, percussion) went into a studio in Vancouver to record his music. He had a dream and he wanted to realize it with musicians that he had long wanted to play with and those that had made a mark on the improvised music scene. Some of it was written, most of it was improvised.

Improvisation is a process. It comes off best when there is empathy between the musicians. ...


Chris Gestrin / Ben Monder / Dylan van der Schyff: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Tom Greenland

An elaborative collaboration, The Distance--featuring Chris Gestrin (prepared & unprepared piano), Ben Monder (eclectic guitar), and Dylan van der Schyff (percussion)--is an expansive set, demonstrating the instant and infinite affinity possible when like musical minds meet. Recorded at the 2004 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the CD documents a fast and freely composed concert of chamber jazz.

The opening “Ferns, with Monder's spacious intro of fade-in quartal chords, kicks into “Treacle, a fast-paced note-fest of incisive legatos and descending scalar staircases, ...


Chris Gestrin: Stillpoint

Read "Stillpoint" reviewed by AAJ Staff

There's a sense of unquiet about Chris Gestrin's Songlines debut, Stillpoint. As for the quiet part, the pianist and his quintet do spend quite a bit of time perusing the open spaces of tranquility and distance. This is not a loud record. Gestrin's solo piece “This Past Tuesday" has a strongly meditative quality, sounding like a slowed-down John Taylor attuned to Bartok. But it, like so many softer moments on the record, is surrounded by eerie streaks of light and ...


Chris Gestrin: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by AAJ Staff

For those who may be inclined towards the subtle dynamics and interplay of the Bill Evans Trio sound, a record cut by a Canadian piano trio led by the pianist Chris Gestrin, may indeed be a welcome presence in your collection.

That so-cogent sound which has since been extended on through Keith Jarrett and now onto trios like those of Fred Hersch, Marc Copland and Brad Mehldau, is unveiled here anew by this no- name trio from north-of-the-border and is ...


Chris Gestrin Quartet: Times That Do Not Belong To Us

Read "Times That Do Not Belong To Us" reviewed by Ben Ohmart

Chris Gestrin - piano and synth, Bill Vint - saxophones, Joel Fountain - drums and beat, Danny Parker - half the bass, Marc Rogers - the other half.

Those are the players. Now meet the smooth, frozen delight music, punctuated softly by Gestrin's refined keyboard skill. Sticking to piano mostly (rather than an obvious synthesizer), he does opt for quiet time on most of the cd. Indeed, you'll have to turn up tracks like 'Chaconne' until they're clear enough. Recorded ...


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