Related Reviews
hi-fi.com.pl
Po prostu - elektryczny jazz na dobrym poziomie
more >>
Bass Guitar Magazine
4 Stars
A gem of an album that proves shockingly addictive
more >>
York Press
"...the album is never dull."
more >>
Hi-Fi News
5 Stars
"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
4 Stars
"...sonic attack..."
more >>
FT
Originals that "mix light-fingered funk, riffy swing and ballads with ease and elegance"
more >>
Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"clean and spacious"
more >>
Mojo
4 Stars
"[a] celebration of sophistication, musicality and muscularity"
more >>
The Scotsman
"...powerful and inventive..."
more >>
The Herald
"...fine playing..."
more >>
Evening Standard
4 Stars
"..an intelligent, propulsive hour of unhistrionic jazz."
more >>
Yorkshire Post
"supercharged"
more >>
BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
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 >>
Ejazznews
Williams asserts his considerable authority as a jazz keyboardist
more >>
Vortex
...a pleasingly varied, but consistently powerful album from a fiercely but sensitively interactive trio.
more >>

Shock! - Gareth Williams Power Trio - Jazzwise


26 February 2009
Jazzwise
Selwyn Harris

Forty-year-old pianist Williams has been a colourful presence on the UK jazz circuit since the mid-1990s in a MD/arranger/accompanist role for Claire Martin and as sideman for premier UK musicians such as Iain Ballamy, Clark Tracey, Jim Mullen and Tommy Smith, and the likes of visiting US stars Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano. But this is only the second CD recorded under his name. The first in 2001 was a Live at Ronnie's acoustic trio set; this is Williams' ‘electric' side.

The title and band name rather overstate the case though; Williams hasn't entered into a Dylan-type electric conversion here. Along with a first-call session rhythm section of drummer Ian Thomas and bassist Laurence Cottle who play with fluency and finesse throughout, Shock! finds an intelligent middle ground between acoustic jazz indebted primarily to Evans, Tyner and Jarrett, and more riffy elements drawn from R&B and rock sources. There is a feeling that the trio, now three years together, has absorbed all this into a sound of their own rather than passing in and out of genres. Regardless of the approach, Williams' originals are written, arranged and played by the trio with both taste and restraint.


Bookmark and Share


Related Links

Gareth Williams Power TrioGareth Williams Power Trio
Shock!Shock!