Jamie Reynolds TRIO -][- TIME WITH PEOPLE – [Fresh Sound New Talent, 2012 | Review] –
According to the insightful and gifted pianist-composer Jamie Reynolds the concept of “Time with People” was centered on his thoughts about evolution. With this in mind, his debut on Fresh Sound New Talent gives him along with his infallible sidekicks’ bassist Gary Wang and drummer Eric Doob and opportunity to bring life to this exclusive document of twelve thought-provoking songs with eleven originals written between 2006 and 2011 and one classic composed by jazz legend Duke Ellington.
As a young lad Jamie considered himself as a self-described “uncommitted musician” because he was forced to play the piano until he was 14. The Reynolds household was filled with an endearing passion for music, his father Jeff a classical trumpet player and educator and his mother Deirdre a classical pianist once turned the pages for distinguished pianist Keith Jarrett at a performance of Bach’s Italian Concerto while she was pregnant with Jamie.
Moreover during his formative years as a pianist his hunger for music increased dramatically he started listening to a gamut of influences including pianist Bill Evans, Michel Petrucciani, Keith Jarrett and further developed his ear by quarrying the complex voicings of trumpet master Miles Davis help defined his growing appetite for jazz.
The opener “Ideas of North,” literally exposes Reynolds natural minimalist approach fine-tuned by intricate harmonics and complementary patterns underscored with a lightly seasoned blend of euphonious melodies. In allotted time, his likeminded cohorts settle in to produce a singular fiber of synergy invokes the spirit and soul of this composer on this lyrically attractive composition.
The next piece “Locks (Part One),” structurally mirrors the previous piece in tonality-wise with a bit more punch emphasized. At this point, Jamie’s stellar performance here deserves applause. On this piece, he levels the field artistically with lively and discipline runs on piano releases his determined aptitude as player and composer.
“Singing School” dances elegantly with varied imagery stretched beyond the broader is accented by a surge of enthralling and brighten melodies swells from the core is rhythmically enticing. Meanwhile to deepen the volume of this piece exceptional interplay by the Trio hangs onto the perimeter of this noticeably tasteful selection fits well within this handsome landscape. As an accomplished pianist Reynolds precedes with a thoughtful piece titled “Improvisation (View),” his anointed voice speaks poignantly with an unburden timbre which unfolds dramatically in this episode of “Time with People.”
In the aftermath, initially it was difficult to fully comprehend the intimacy revealed in this music. Reynolds impassioned affinity to compose music that’s in a sense precocious yet displays the mysterious side of his voice. The forthcoming selections shares the warmth and compassion with his indelible touch which transcends softly between the lines of “Miel-Coeur” (a trio piece) and “Locks (Part Two)” is shaped as an interlude to form a profound substance emanates without leaving you feeling perplexed by his improvisational voice on piano.
What I love most about jazz you never really know what’s going to be explored within the context of each song. Case in point, at the seventh position “Cold Spring” grooves vibrantly with spellbinding and impulsive rhythms. His partners in crime Doob and Wang join together to unleash at intervals their inexhaustible prowess which confirms among many reasons why they were called to play on this recording.
The tantalizing phrasings announced by his touch exude effortlessly on “Improvisation (We’re All Here),” his voice is adorn with florid and artistic expressions on this solo piece. While the welcoming “Morning Sun,” raises the tempo it too shares this tapestry and covers the space with vehement intensity and alluring sensitivity painted with interesting lines and shapes accentuated by the Trio.
“Locks (Part Three)” the most upbeat in the trilogy surges as the Trio does this pieces justice in ways for removed from the previous ones. His focused experimentation with improvisation driven by countless hours emulating pianist Lennie Tristano as a youngster is undoubtedly worth the effort expanded his vocabulary immensely as illustrated on the title selection “Time with People.” Jamie closes this wondrous set with a solo piece originally scored and played by the masterful Duke Ellington appropriately titled “The Feeling of Jazz.”
In my opinion, as I listen to this music I picture these stories unfold frame by frame in turn they beckon people to gather, listen and have a meaningful conversation. What I discovered about this project by this gifted pianist-composer Jamie Reynolds has plenty of reasons to celebrate after all he’s scored a creative, accessible, appetizing and digestible palette of music appropriately title “Time with People.” And rightly so, this is a fulfilling, fresh and expressive journey for music enthusiasts who simply love the idea of wrapping their arms around the music, people and life.
Recommended by Rob Young | Urban Flux Media | Review
Meet the Band:
Jamie Reynolds – piano
Gary Wang – bass
Eric Doob – drums
1) Ideas of North
2) Locks (Part One)
3) Singing School
4) Improvisation (View)
6) Locks (Parts)
7) Cold Spring
8) Improvisation (We’re All Here)
9) Morning Sun
10) Locks (Part Three)
11) Time With People
12) The Feeling of Jazz
[Total Time: 51:15]
Produced by Jamie Reynolds – [All compositions by Jamie Reynolds (except: The Feeling of Jazz by Duke Ellington) “this music is dedicated to the memory of Deirdre Reynolds“]