Born: November 2, 1976 Primary Instrument: Piano
Jason Reolon, celebrated South African-born jazz pianist and composer, has a solid reputation as one of the country’s finest talents. In all his musical undertakings, Reolon never fails to move, inspire and challenge audiences with his fresh and dynamic approach to his art. Complex, groovy, soulful, his music transcends the boundaries of jazz to reach new and exciting realms in the world of sound.
As the son of jazz songbird, Josie Gien and the South African drumming legend Bobby Gien, who performed with the famous Ronnie Scott Trio for half a decade, Reolon’s world has always been centered around music. Reolon’s love of and exposure to jazz throughout his life led him to complete his BMus Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2001, the same internationally esteemed institution at which he currently holds a permanent lecturing post....
Awards:SAMRO (South Africa Music Rights Organisation) National Jazz Piano Competition - Best Jazz Pianist Award 2001
Outline by the Jason Reolon Trio proves we have an artist who would be appreciated anywhere in the world. It’s the height of sophisticated piano playing so popular these days. It eschews such styles as Bud Powell’s or Oscar Peterson’s; instead, it moves into the domain of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and, possibly, Fred Hersch. There might even be a trace of Abdullah Ibrahim in, for instance, “Mother City Blues”.
The nine originals are classy. The title track immediately captures the listener with powerful chords, before moving into inventive single-finger lines moving over a rolling rhythm section, and a little gem of a drum solo. “Remember the Time” and “Nieu Moon” have a classic romanticism, while “Pepper Tree” has a slight Cape Malay sound. Bassist Wesley Rustin and drummer Heinrich Goosen have empathy and play forcefully but subtly. They maintain the same high standard set by Reolon himself. South Africa can be really proud of this CD
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Lecturer of Jazz Piano Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South African College of Music (SACM)