Dark Light

by Jonathan Crayford

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clbobman An unworldly fusion between the Latin understanding of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, the sensitivity and freedom of Mike Nock or Keith Jarrett, and the classical sensibility of Brad Mehldau. It is also none of these things, because it is just an original, modern piano-trio album from a tireless musician. The playing of the rhythm section is at the absolute highest level (Dan Weiss is a revelation). The production is ECM like. Buy it on lossless format and listen to something really beautiful.
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Dark Light
The title track of jazz pianist Jonathan Crayford's latest album is a stunning meditation in color and tone. It establishes its bearings and then heads into the unknown - the piano probing and searching sometimes pensive at others strident and rambling. The classic rhythm section of Ben Street and Dan Weiss adapting to and adding impetus to the momentum rather than setting it. It's a towering composition on an album that clocks in at a perfect 45 minutes and leaves you gasping at its beauty, richness and assuredness. Crayford has always threatened to record something special to match his obvious talents as a composer. Dark Light is it and is as good a jazz album you're likely to hear this year.
Mike Alexander

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released September 2, 2013

Jonathan Crayford - piano and compositions
Ben Street - bass
Dan Weiss - drums

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