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.
by Don Albert - FM
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
Lecturer of Jazz Piano Studies at the University of Cape Town
(UCT), South African College of Music (SACM)