Stunningly beautiful melodies highlight new CD from pianist Katie Elliott
June 18, 2011 (Gloucestershire, England) Written by Robert Sutton. It unreels like the soundtrack of rural England in the fall, conjuring images of wide-open fields of bright green grass, reflective lakes, and the soft dropping of rain. Pianist Katie Elliott's music has that kind of effect on the senses. On "Across the Bay," a translucent cut from Elliott's latest album Walking the Edge, a postcard is set to stunningly beautiful melodies.
An emotionally evocative and impressively eclectic record, Walking the Edge refuses to become predictable. Elliott's versatility as a pianist is in awe-inspiring display from one song to another. On "Kit and Keturah," Elliott offers an energized performance that gives off sparks. It's quite a departure from the introspective prettiness of "Across the Bay." This song is alive, percolating with life-affirming exuberance.
Elliott has extraordinary range, which she is able to even express on the same track. For example, on "Crane School," she switches from a jamming groove to mood-spinning atmospherics. It's a dazzler of a moment, one of the album's highlights.
Elliott is a classically trained flautist as well as pianist. Composing and performing music were skills that she learned as a little girl. After college, she started writing children's music books in the U.K. However, she eventually found that field creatively limiting and ended up enrolling in a jazz workshop. Elliott subsequently formed a number of various bands and joined others as well. Active gigging enabled her to polish her playing. In 2004, Elliott co-created the Under the Edge Jazz Club, promoting live performances from top-drawer regional and international jazz acts. She began work on Walking the Edge in 2009.
Amidst the cookie-cutter clutter that saps contemporary jazz of its artistic relevance, Walking the Edge is a remarkable and refreshing exception of breathtaking quality.
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