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Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams is a jazz pianist who is known as one of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers in the UK.



Giant Steps
Giant Steps
Gareth Williams' cracking new version of John Coltrane's Giant Steps. 

MIX BITS 17  

Time & Place
Time & Place
Claire and the Montpellier Cello Quartet create a magical sound fusion of jazz-chamber music. 

AKD 423  

Secret Love
Secret Love
Claire celebrates her jazz roots with a splendid line-up of some of Britain’s top jazz talents. 

AKD 391  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The fourth volume in Linn's popular sampler series. A mouth-watering selection of 2008-09 tracks. 

AKP 357  

Shock!
Shock!
Shock! showcases Williams’ skills as an outstanding and exciting composer, pianist and improviser 

AKD 326  

Take My Heart
Take My Heart
A rare, and brilliant, side-step from her traditional jazz roots. 

BKD 093  

offBEAT
offBEAT
The multi-award winning vocalist recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. 

BKD 046  

Gareth Williams

One of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the UK scene, Gareth Williams has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since becoming a professional musician in the early 90s. Described as "jewel of a player... spinning out luminous introductions and codas" by Jazziz Magazine (USA), he has dazzled audiences not only by his virtuoso approach to the piano, but also by his multi-instrumentalist talents on guitar and vocals.

An electrifying performer, he has been described as "a fantastic improviser" by John Fordham in The Guardian and "If you've seen Williams perform, you'll know that he's the embodiment of creative energy, a physical player who gets wrapped up in his work, with a keyboard command that's both impressive and well-directed" by Peter Vacher in Jazzwise.

His first major professional engagement was as keyboard player/MD for jazz hip-hop band Us3 (whose most celebrated hit was 'Cantaloop'). He performed with the band on a world tour in 1993 and appears on their album 'Broadway & 52nd' (Blue Note). Gareth has since worked as pianist/MD for internationally acclaimed jazz singer Claire Martin (several times winner of the British Jazz Singer of the Year awards) and has also been involved in arranging her music, writing original compositions for her band, singing and playing guitar. He has worked with many international jazz greats, including Art Farmer, George Coleman, Bud Shank, James Moody and Dave Liebman, plus top British musicians such as Jim Mullen, Martin Taylor, Martin Drew, Tommy Smith, Tim Garland, Clark Tracey, Gwyneth Herbert and Iain Ballamy.

Laurence Cottle combines a virtuosic approach to the electric bass with an incredible time centre.  He also brings his considerable talents as producer to the album. 

On drums, Ian Thomas displays an astonishing sensitivity as well as the compelling drive and remarkable musical integrity that have made him one of the UK's most in-demand drummers.

The Gareth Williams Power Trio released their first album on Linn in March 2009. 


For further information - www.myspace.com/garethwilliamspianist
Claire Martin sings from The Great American Songbook
09 April 2010
Claire swings it alongside Paolo Nutini and Melody Gardot...
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Gareth Williams on Jazz Line-Up
01 April 2010
10th birthday show celebrations
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Record Collector's 'Best of 2009' announced
17 December 2009
Shock! and A Modern Art amongst top releases
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Gareth Williams on BBC Radio 3
14 July 2009
Jazz Line-up appearance
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Linn downloads praised in audiophile publication
29 May 2009
Goldmine explores the Linn Records catalogue...
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Power Trio pianist is interviewed in Jazzwise
03 March 2009
'Feel the force' of Gareth Williams
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Jazzwise Chart Placing for Gareth Williams Album
29 January 2009
High placing for "Shock!"
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Gareth Williams Album Launch at Ronnie Scott's
13 January 2009
Dates have been announced at Ronnie Scott's for Gareth Williams Power Trio.
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hi-fi.com.pl
Po prostu - elektryczny jazz na dobrym poziomie
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Bass Guitar Magazine
4 Stars
A gem of an album that proves shockingly addictive
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York Press
"...the album is never dull."
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Hi-Fi News
5 Stars
"Refreshing, no-nonsense pianism, bursting with ideas."
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The Observer
music that is by turns energetic and reflective, but always sparklingly melodic.
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The Independent
4 Stars
"...sonic attack..."
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FT
Originals that "mix light-fingered funk, riffy swing and ballads with ease and elegance"
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"clean and spacious"
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Mojo
4 Stars
"[a] celebration of sophistication, musicality and muscularity"
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The Scotsman
"...powerful and inventive..."
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The Herald
"...fine playing..."
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Evening Standard
4 Stars
"..an intelligent, propulsive hour of unhistrionic jazz."
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Yorkshire Post
"supercharged"
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
BBC Music Choice: "...a triumph of Welsh wizardry."
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HiFi.nl
"...kracht staat hier gelijk aan innerlijke overtuiging."
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The Jazz Breakfast
"...clear joy in music-making."
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The Guardian
"...a scalding account of Giant Steps demonstrates Williams's delicate touch..."
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Sempre Audio
"...grooved und swingt sich Nummer für Nummer ins Herz des Zuhörers."
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LondonJazz
"The listener is drawn in...Great stuff."
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Jazzwise
"Williams' originals are written, arranged and played by the trio with both taste and restraint."
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Ejazznews
Williams asserts his considerable authority as a jazz keyboardist
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Vortex
...a pleasingly varied, but consistently powerful album from a fiercely but sensitively interactive trio.
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