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Julie Sassoon

British pianist/composer Julie Sassoon is classically trained on piano and violin. She graduated in music and visual arts from Lancaster University in 1988, winning the university prize for piano performance, and later completed postgraduate studies in jazz piano and Indian violin at Leeds College of Music. She came to the attention of critics and audiences in 2000, when she formed the remarkable Azilut! trio with Bart van Helsdingen (twice nominated Best Jazz Drummer in the Netherlands), and Lothar Ohlmeier (tenor and soprano saxophone, bass clarinet). They released their album “To The Power Of Three” in 2001 on the Babel Label

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If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside

Label: Jazzwerkstatt
Released: 2021
Track listing: At the Water Tower; Murmuration.

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Julie Sassoon: If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside

Read "If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


As we've learned time and time again throughout this sick year, 2021, not many humans are ready to completely surrender themselves for the good of their fellow kind. So it's truly a beautiful thing when Berlin based pianist Julie Sassoon surrenders so completely to her instrument and the moment that, like a medium, reveals mysteries to ...

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Julie Sassoon: If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside

Read "If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


American novelist and short story writer Stephen King has said that he thinks his stories are “found things, like fossils in the ground...relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world." He goes on to say that, as a writer, it is his job to reveal as much of this fossil as he can. Interesting, and maybe true. ...

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Frances Shelley: A Place That Exists

Read "A Place That Exists" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Pianist Frances Shelley's third solo album, A Place That Exists, is an intriguing, atmospheric collection. Though she describes her approach as “neo-classical," Shelley might equally be described as an instant composer. Classically-influenced, she has for some years explored the potential for bringing that influence together with improvisation and electronics, with her musical partner Matthew Bickerton.

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Waves

Label: Jazzwerkstatt
Released: 2019
Track listing: Live in Munich:- If You Ever Change Your Mind; Twilight; The Unfortunate Miss Jones; Pygmy Song; Soulplay; rbb session:- The Cormorant.

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Waves

Label: Jazzwerkstatt
Released: 2019
Track listing: Live in Munich: If You Ever Change Your Mind; Twilight; The Unfortunate Miss Jones; Pygmy Song; Soulplay; rbb session: The Cormorant.

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Julie Sassoon, Willi Kellers: Waves

Read "Waves" reviewed by John Eyles


Although pianist Julie Sassoon's first recording—the trio Azilut!'s To the Power of Three (Babel)—was released in 2001, the intervening years have not seen a stream of albums from her; in fact, her releases to date can be counted on two hands. However, in Sassoon's case quantity is far less important than the variety and quality of ...

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Fourtune

Label: Jazzwerkstatt
Released: 2016
Track listing: Cloud; To Be; This One’s a Boy; Wake Up Call; Expectations; White Notes (for JKM).

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Julie Sassoon: Fourtune

Read "Fourtune" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Fourtune is British pianist-composer Julie Sassoon's first quartet recording. Sassoon's musical approach draws in equal measure on her classical training and on a love of jazz and improvised music. This marriage goes far beyond the translation of a pianistic technique from one musical area to another but becomes something far deeper and more powerfully emotionally moving ...


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