The Best In British Jazz
Recorded Artesuono Studios, Italy March 1st / 2nd 2005
- 1. Trinkle Tinkle (Monk) listen
- 2. Light Blue (Monk) listen
- 3. Petrucciani (Donaldson) listen
- 4. Unknown (Donaldson/Sirkis) listen
- 5. Pearl's Song (Donaldson) listen
- 6. What's New (Silver) listen
- 7. Dis Here (Timmons) listen
- 8. Music Box (Donaldson) listen
- 9. Hey There (Ross/Adler) listen
- 10. We Will Meet Again (Evans) listen
With remarkably little publicity or fuss, John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain's most exciting jazz pianists with his own distinctive style. The album is simply superb. Fluent, flowing pianistics are set against a busy energetic polyrhythmic drum and bass support. Altogether a magnificent piano album.
The album is simply superb, fluent, flowing pianistics set against a busy, energetic polyrhythmic drum and bass support. Altogether a magnificent piano album'.
Chris Yates - Jazz Rag
One of the great piano players of recent British jazz. A patient, absorbing player by no means averse to building Tyneresque tension and release into his solos, but generally more interested in the subtle melodic and rhythmic felicities that can be drawn from them. A fine trio album.
Chris Parker - VortexJazz.co.uk
With remarkably little publicity or fuss, John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain's most exciting contemporary jazz pianists. Along with some excellent originals and a few standards, the music on this CD contains pieces by, or dedicated to, other pianists, from Monk to Michel Petrucciani. This points to Donaldson's ability to absorb ideas from players and transmute them into his own distinctive style. He is joined by bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Asaf Sirkis, who provide far more than mere accompaniment. Hayhurst has good ideas of his own, and Sirkis is a constant stimulus.
Dave Gelly - The Observer