Stunningly beautiful melodies highlight new CD from pianist Katie Elliott
(Published: June 18, 2011)
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.
(To hear audio samples of Katie Elliott's Walking the Edge, please visit: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/...)
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