Ellen Rowe has been described as that rare ‘triple threat’ of pianist, composer-arranger, and teacher (Arizona Daily Star), a title that until recently kept her too busy to actually record an album under her own name. That situation has been thankfully rectified with the recent debut release of Sylvan Way, a dynamic work that combines standards and intriguing original compositions that soar with emotion and expression. Bassist Rufus Reid states Ellen Rowe has produced an excellent recording that showcases her immense talents as a composer and pianist. This CD definitely invites repeated listening. Enjoy Sylvan Way, as I have.
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The Ellen Rowe Quartet Performance at the International Association for Jazz Education conference was spellbinding. These Ann Arbor musicians are world class and held their own with all the national names. - Linda Yohn, Music Director, WEMU radio
Ellen Rowe's new release [Denali Pass] is a beautifully balanced and inspired journey, that showcases her abilities as a strong conceptualist pianist and band leader. Everyone contributes exciting performances throughout. - Geri Allen
Rowe's writing stands comparison with the best contemporary jazz composers