Live at The Vortex in London

Julian Joseph

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Jazz, Contemporary
January 30, 2012

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This unique solo recording captures the essence of Julian Joseph's pianistic talent; the percussive intricacy and tender harmony embellished with a fearsome improvisatory technique. Recorded live at the Vortex Jazz Club, in London, this is an intimate portrait of one of the finest pianists of his generation.

Virtuoso pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger and broadcaster Julian Joseph is acclaimed by critics and audiences the world over. He never fails to inspire with his mastery of the keyboard, the versatility of his musicianship, and the seemingly limitless scope of his creative imagination. Always relaxed and self-assured, Julian is completely at home on any stage and in front of any band. His passion for the music is palpable and his desire to communicate this is compelling. On 'Live at The Vortex in London' Julian performs four of his own compositions, plus Thelonius Monk's "Think of One" and "Universal Renaissance" by Bheki Mseleku.

"At the end of the second evening, came Julian Joseph, a pianist who really does know how to shape a musical idea and make it more and more intense until you're practically jumping out of your seat with excitement. It had been a fascinating two days of music-making, but this was in a different class." - Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph

"Grooving chord patterns, double-time jazz variations and pushing swing...Joseph's own slyly displaced blues signalled the full-on release of the pianist's formidable fast-postbop powers." - John Fordham, The Guardian

Personnel: Julian Joseph (piano)

Press Quotes

(4 stars) A world-class jazz pianist...the hurtling bebop finale The Six is justly greeted with rapturous applause.

The Guardian, (John Fordham), January 20, 2012

(4 stars) An electrifying solo gig...a compelling improviser, Joseph is so centered, assured and physical.

BBC Music Magazine, (Garry Booth), March 2012

(4 stars) Joseph's firm touch, self-sustaining rhythms and melodic invention barely falter, there's a lovely ballad...a nicely varied programme.

Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), January 28, 2012

(4 stars) The release that for me had that essential excitement was Julian Joseph's solo set...he wins hands down.

The Daily Telegraph, (Ivan Hewett), January 28, 2012

Joseph's very much on top of his form, unafraid to plug away at groove while adding fascinating detail...skilfully assembled programme.

Jazzwise, (Brian Priestley), March 2012

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Key Value
Catalogue number ASCCD132
Barcode 0643157419495
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 60g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Blueprovisation 05:54
2. Think of One 03:56
3. Greenwood 05:18
4. Universal Renaissance 11:37
5. The Reverend 15:47
6. The Six 03:19