Roy Powell

Rendezvous: Live in London

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A superior modern mainstream jazz pianist from England, Roy Powell is based in Norway. While he has had notable experiences playing avant-garde music (including with Anthony Braxton) and electronic funky jazz, on Rendezvous he performs straight-ahead, medium-tempo pieces and introspective ballads in a piano trio. Powell, who contributed eight originals to this live outing from Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in England, displays a great deal of life, spirit, and joy in his playing. One can hear bits of Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and perhaps Herbie Hancock in spots, but Powell has his own voice. His interplay with the fluent bassist Terje Gewelt keeps the proceedings exciting, while drummer Andreas Bye's commentary is consistently inventive. There are many subtle surprises to be heard throughout this highly enjoyable set. The closing blues "Lunar" is a highlight.

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