Jonathan Gee Trio

ASC CD131 Dragonfly

Dragonfly CD

Pianist Jonathan Gee in trio session

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Jonathan Gee piano | Joseph Lepore double bass | Nasheet Waits drums

"Dragonfly" represents a worthy addition to Gee's catalogue and shows one of UK jazz's best pianists more than holding his own alongside two very talented Americans." The Jazz Mann

"The fire and invention that marked his (recent) performances with (Pharoah) Sanders are in full evidence on this disc ... Gee has a persuasively lucid touch when it comes to exploring even the knottiest clusters of notes... and a fast-talking intensity that endows his playing with gritty elegance... There's only one non original here, Monk's 'We See', even in the shadow of such an august jazz-piano master, his breathlessly sparkling originality shines through. Robert Shore, Jazzwise Magazine, December 2011 "

"A brilliant gem of contemporary piano trio." Jazz Tokyo magazine, January 2012

"Amid a host of bland January jazz releases, pianist and composer Jonathan Gee's new album appears like an oasis of unpretentious, nimble-fingered wit." Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph, January 2012

"From the irresistible opener, 'Beyond', on which Waits and Lepore positively seethe under Gee's vigorous runs and controlled climaxes, through a skilfully varied set of originals, plus a Monk tune,'We See', to the cogent closer, 'Cicada', the trio prove themselves equally adept at providing tumultuous, sometimes downright thunderous power, passages of splashily percussive playfulness, and the odd quieter moment... in short, the whole gamut of piano-trio music, played with exemplary commitment and verve by three masters of the craft." Chris Parker, London Jazz, February 2012

"...amazing communication between players... Today, cutting-edge jazz trios require interaction between players and expect both drummer and bassist to be more than just disciples. Trio leaders such as Jason Moran, John Escreet, Matthew Shipp all write and perform their music as a three-way conversation. Add to that list, London-based pianist Jonathan Gee... The summation of this trio is in Monk's 'We See'. Gee negotiates the track as if he is taking shorthandhopping, skipping and jumping as he accelerates across the melody. It's modern, it's Monk, and it's a three-way conversation." Mark Corroto, All About Jazz, August 2012.

"The mood throughout is one of bustling, vigorous three-way interaction, there's absolutely no flab on this lean and sometimes mean recording, there’'s an urgency about this music that speaks immediately of its New York origins... Gee produces torrents of notes and chords as Waits chatters and rumbles restlessly around him. Lepore acts as both anchor and inspired soloist... But its the scintillating dialogue between Gee and the dynamic Waits that really grabs the attention." Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann, January 2013

"Gee's deft original compositions make up the bulk of the album and display an innate love of interplay and sympathy between the players, bursting with innovation. He also returns to his long-standing affection with Thelonious Monk and his version of the great composer's “'We See'” is an album highlight." JAZZUK, February 2013

"We are in heavyweight territory (with Lepore and Waits) and Gee doesn't disappoint, giving his always forceful playing a really knotty, Monkish flavour at times, and responding strongly to the heightened rhythmic drive Waits brings to the band. Aside from one Thelonious Monk composition, all are original Gee tunes, and they share a feeling of being complex puzzles, tightly wound and in need of unrvelling and exploring, which is exactly what the three musicians do. Tortadilla is an example of a more reflective piece which explores rich harmonies while steadily ratcheting up the tension, and developing into a slow groove. More typical of the urgent material on the album is the opener, Beyond." Properganda Magazine

"Beyond flows freely, allowing all three players to point the way. Dragonfly is a sprightly theme with variations. Black Ball focuses on the weight of the Waits drums... explores areas which at times seem uncharted - suggesting a 'stream of conciousness' path." Les Tomkins, Jazz Rag