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Traveller's Tales

by Alan Benzie Trio

Tuneful, imaginative modern jazz from multiple award winning pianist. Influenced by impressionist classical music, his native Scotland's landscapes, and the weird and wonderful world of Japanese animation.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hazy Dawns
2:42 $0.99
2. Glass
7:00 $0.99
3. From A to B
5:49 $0.99
4. Leaf Skeletons
1:38 $0.99
5. Frog Town On the Hill
7:52 $0.99
6. Old Haunts
7:08 $0.99
7. Western Embers
2:16 $0.99
8. A Wandering Mist
9:31 $0.99
9. Midnight Cafe
5:24 $0.99
10. Stony Shore
3:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
Winner of the BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician at only 17, pianist/composer Alan Benzie is one of the UK’s most exciting young talents. Now 25, he has won a string of high profile awards in the last few years, including the prestigious Billboard Award at Berklee College of Music. His mixture of flowing lyricism, spontaneous creativity and explosive energy has earned him consistent critical praise, with performances over the last few years in the US, UK, across Europe and Japan.

The music has its roots in European and American jazz, with influences from impressionist piano music, Scottish and Japanese folk musics, and film music. This results in music that is highly tuneful, but also sophisticated and spontaneous, and Benzie's love of Japanese animation lends an imaginative, story-telling quality.

“Andrew Robb and Marton Juhasz on bass and drums are all about close ensemble interaction, and sometimes it’s as if their sounds were coming out from the inside of Benzie’s piano... Benzie’s playing has a hushed yet yearning quality to it; an exquisite touch and elegant virtuosity make for a thoroughly engaging listen.” Jazzwise

“Tasteful and well-judged, this trio makes a terrific team… (Benzie) has created a set of memorable tunes and his playing, plus that of his colleagues, is exemplary throughout. There is a radiance and beauty about this music and “Traveller’s Tales” deserves to bring Benzie to the attention of the wider jazz public.” The Jazz Mann

"This has to be one of the best debut albums for some time..." Sandy Brown Jazz

"Benzie doesn't sound like a young artist struggling for a voice... There's an affecting sense of place in the quiet ostinatos and modulations of Hazy Dawns...but with drummer Marton Juhasz and bassist Andrew Robb, the trio fire up plenty of dynamism too..." The Guardian



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