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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Pianist Jamie Reynolds' new release Grey Mirror, featuring Matt Stevens and The Westerlies



Grey Mirror is the incredible new album from Toronto-born, NYC-based pianist Jamie Reynolds. Melding the modern jazz sounds of his trio (with special guest Matthew Stevens on guitar) with the intimate sounds of brass quartet, The Westerlies, Grey Mirror is an awesome collection of original music that takes the listener on a sonic journey through consonance and dissonance, the harsh and the smooth, the spontaneous and the carefully wrought. The album is an incredible mix of driving modern jazz and beautiful brass playing as the 2 bands take turns with beautiful and creative renditions of Reynolds' compositions. 

“Instead of writing new pieces for The Westerlies to play, I wanted to see what it would be like to hear the same songs expressed from two angles on the same record. Hence the mirror-image nature; the versions by the brass and the jazz quartet are recognizably the same song, but could not be more different in timbre and feeling. There is consonance and dissonance, the harsh and the smooth, the spontaneous and the carefully wrought." - Jamie Reynolds


Jamie Reynolds is a Canadian pianist, keyboardist and composer who has lived in New York City since 2005. He graduated with honors from the University of Toronto in 2004, where he studied with David Braid, Mike Murley, Phil Nimmons, and many others. Jamie moved to New York in 2005 to study privately with Fred Hersch and Craig Taborn. He has performed at New York's top jazz clubs and has toured extensively in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Since moving to New York, Jamie has collaborated with many wonderful musicians, including the jazz saxophonist Rob Scheps, of whose Core-tet Jamie is a longstanding member; the singer/performer Laila Salins, whose album “Elevator Into the Sky” set the poetry of Anne Sexton to music; the bassist and composer Michael Oien; the Emmy-winning Irish tenor Michael Londra and many others. 

Jamie released his debut album, “Time with People”, an acoustic piano trio recording of original music, in 2012. His second,“Counterpart”, features electric instruments and effects and was self-released in 2013.  Jamie lives in the Bronx with his wife, singer Melissa Stylianou, and their young son. 

Find out more and sample the music on the official website: http://jamiereynoldspiano.com/

Stream and download "Counterpart" on Bandcamp HERE


Grey Mirror will be released worldwide on the Fresh Sound New Talent label on Friday, August 4th, 2017.

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