Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Jazz pianist David Newton combines exquisite melodies and perfectly judged improvisations in his acclaimed debut album, 'Victim of Circumstance'. Originally released in 1991 'Victim of Circumstance' 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. Upon release the album received many excellent reviews proclaiming it as 'a beautifully mature and relaxed collection', 'a brilliantly accomplished recording' and one to be 'highly recommended'. An accomplished composer, David Newton has written for Martin Taylor, Alan Barnes, Tina May and Claire Martin; his five originals on 'Victim of Circumstance' showcase his flair for well-constructed melodies. David's interpretation of 'The Way You Look Tonight', one of three covers, is a dramatic and lyrical close to the album. A great rhythm section comprising Alec Dankworth and Clark Tracey (and for 'Katy's Song', Dave Green and Allan Ganley) provide sterling support. 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.
Personnel: David Newton (piano); Alec Dankworth (bass); Clark Tracey (drums).
Personnel: Clark Tracey (drums); David Newton (piano).
Liner Note Author: Elliot Meadow.
Recording information: Castle Sound Studios, Pencaitland, UK (02/13/1990); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (02/13/1990); Castle Sound Studios, Pencaitland, UK (05/14/1990); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/14/1990).
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