Gareth Williams is an artist who commands huge respect and warmth throughout the UK jazz community. Shock!, the debut album with the Gareth Williams Power Trio, showcases Williams’ skills as an outstanding composer, pianist and improviser.
Shock! sees the Gareth Williams Power Trio deliver a selection of hard-hitting originals. From melancholy ballads to biting funk, the world-class trio bring a powerful focus and lyrical power to all that they play.
London-based jazz pianist Gareth Williams has written all but one of the album's tracks (the exception being a cracking new version of John Coltrane's ‘Giant Steps') and his playing exudes power, sensitivity and a poignant lyricism.
Drawing on a range of influences Williams' compositions range from the elegant ‘Evans the Piano', to the elegiac ‘For Hedd Wyn, Alun Lewis and the Others', the intense modern jazz of ‘Seven Leaves', the lop-sided modernity of ‘Some In' and the crisp funk of ‘Keeping Up With Our Jones's', making this Williams' most complete statement to date.
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Gareth Williams on Jazz Line-Up
01 April 2010
10th birthday show celebrationsmore >>Record Collector's 'Best of 2009' announced
17 December 2009
Shock! and A Modern Art amongst top releasesmore >>Gareth Williams on BBC Radio 3
14 July 2009
Jazz Line-up appearancemore >>Linn downloads praised in audiophile publication
29 May 2009
Goldmine explores the Linn Records catalogue...more >>Power Trio pianist is interviewed in Jazzwise
03 March 2009
'Feel the force' of Gareth Williamsmore >>Gareth Williams Album Launch at Ronnie Scott's
13 January 2009
Dates have been announced at Ronnie Scott's for Gareth Williams Power Trio.more >>
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Po prostu - elektryczny jazz na dobrym poziomiemore >>Bass Guitar Magazine
A gem of an album that proves shockingly addictivemore >>York Press
"...the album is never dull."more >>Hi-Fi News
"Refreshing, no-nonsense pianism, bursting with ideas."more >>The Observer
music that is by turns energetic and reflective, but always sparklingly melodic.more >>The Independent
"...sonic attack..."more >>FT
Originals that "mix light-fingered funk, riffy swing and ballads with ease and elegance"more >>Audiophile Audition
"clean and spacious"more >>Mojo
"[a] celebration of sophistication, musicality and muscularity"more >>The Scotsman
"...powerful and inventive..."more >>The Herald
"...fine playing..."more >>Evening Standard
"..an intelligent, propulsive hour of unhistrionic jazz."more >>Yorkshire Post
"supercharged"more >>BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Choice: "...a triumph of Welsh wizardry."more >>HiFi.nl
"...kracht staat hier gelijk aan innerlijke overtuiging."more >>The Jazz Breakfast
"...clear joy in music-making."more >>The Guardian
"...a scalding account of Giant Steps demonstrates Williams's delicate touch..."more >>Sempre Audio
"...grooved und swingt sich Nummer für Nummer ins Herz des Zuhörers."more >>LondonJazz
"The listener is drawn in...Great stuff."more >>Jazzwise
"Williams' originals are written, arranged and played by the trio with both taste and restraint."more >>Ejazznews
Williams asserts his considerable authority as a jazz keyboardistmore >>Vortex
...a pleasingly varied, but consistently powerful album from a fiercely but sensitively interactive trio.more >>