Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Return Journey' sees David Newton illustrate his award-winning talents as a composer and jazz pianist through this expressive and heartfelt eclectic solo exploration. Originally released in 1994 'Return Journey' has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue. His third studio album finds Newton performing a collection of original and improvised works exploring the notion of time. Exuding emotion, power and beauty 'Return Journey' sees Newton create a reflective mood with some hauntingly beautiful moments. The complex emotional album opener 'Stolen Time' is described by the pianist as 'an attempt to capture the experience of discovering that there really is no going back.' Newton's powerful playing draws the listener in to share his 'journey' which culminates with the exquisite ballad finale 'Gone Forever'. David Newton has been playing jazz piano for over thirty years and has worked with the greatest singers and players in the world. His playing has a great depth of both emotion and musicality without compromising any of his individuality. David Newton has been voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz awards for the thirteenth time in 2014 and was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003. Newton's recording career began in 1985 with Buddy De Franco and Martin Taylor and his first solo album followed soon after. Newton's reputation as an exquisite accompanist led him to regularly work with singers Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and of course Stacey Kent. 'This brilliant release on Linn merits greater attention from jazz fans across the Atlantic Ocean' (All Music Guide).
Personnel: David Newton (piano).
Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (02/1992).
David Newton chose to focus exclusively on original works for this 1992 solo session. Although there are no liner notes, one can't help but wonder if he lost someone very dear to him prior to the making of this CD. The pianist's thoughtful opener is the hauntingly beautiful and bittersweet "Stolen Time," a complex piece that avoids a strict ballad structure, while taking the listener through an emotional roller coaster. "While You're Away," at just over 11 minutes, is actually a mini suite. It begins as a jig, though it soon grows more hesitant, as if the player is having second thoughts about his celebration. After a brief pause, Newton switches to a more reflective mood, with a touch of pensiveness. The second half of the disc, which is subtitled Return Journey, includes the constantly probing post-bop "Into Somewhere" and the gorgeous ballad finale "Gone Forever." David Newton is well known in his homeland (Great Britain) for his extensive for radio, television and films, as well as his numerous recordings. This brilliant release on Linn merits greater attention from jazz fans across the Atlantic Ocean. ~ Ken Dryden
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