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A master of jazz piano and acknowledged heavyweight of British jazz, David Newton's sophisticated playing is to the fore in his second studio album. Originally released in 1991 'Eye Witness' 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. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, 'Eye Witness' sees the award-winning pianist strike the perfect balance between well played standards and upbeat catchy originals. The instinctive interplay between the trio of Newton, Green and Ganley shows emphatic musical understanding. An accomplished composer, David Newton has written for Martin Taylor, Alan Barnes, Tina May and Claire Martin; his three original compositions sit well alongside standards such as Hancock's 'Eye of the Hurricane' and Mal Waldron's 'Soul Eyes'. Recorded shortly after his acclaimed debut, Eye Witness demonstrates Newton's depth of compositional ideas adding to the great modern jazz keyboard tradition of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans. 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. 'Newton's very soft approach would hush the nosiest audience. Among Newton's works, the strutting opener "Ol' Blue Eyes" and the turbocharged title track stand out' (All Music Guide).
Personnel: David Newton (piano); Allan Ganley (drums).
Liner Note Author: Richard Cook .
Recording information: Castle Sound Studios, Pencaitland, UK (08/31/1990/09/01/1990); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (08/31/1990/09/01/1990); Castle Sound Studios, Pencaitland, UK (09/28/1990); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (09/28/1990).
Unlike his previous session for Linn, this trio CD (with bassist Dave Green and drummer Allan Ganley) strikes a balance between well played standards and upbeat catchy originals. "Angel Eyes" is almost a mandatory ballad for a pianist to play at some time -- Newton's very soft approach would hush the nosiest audience. A lengthy workout of Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes" and a brief take on the nearly forgotten showtune "Stars in My Eyes" merit praise. Among Newton's works, the strutting opener "Ol' Blue Eyes" and the turbocharged title track stand out. ~ Ken Dryden
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