Jenny Maybee

Jenny Maybee is “equally talented as a vocalist and pianist.” Her “piano playing and vocals…are altogether eloquent and heart-stopping…her voicing is expertly balanced… and her phrasing sings wonderfully throughout the repertoire.” Her vocals have been described as “exquisite,” “hauntingly beautiful,” and “in the same league” with Billie Holiday — music that “you could close your eyes to and nod out blissfully in a deep groove…” Her piano style has been compared to Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and Cecil Taylor. Jenny “make(s) beautiful music expressing the sheer joy of being alive. You sense it in the augmented chords that Maybee plays on her piano, then leaping like a mad gazelle to catch its essence with her voice.” As a classically trained jazz pianist and vocalist, Jenny’s “unique style seems fairly sedate on the surface, but is capable of sudden intensity whenever the music demands.” This mixture of sensitivity and boldness weaves through her original compositions and interpretations of jazz standards. Drawing inspiration from her studies of the martial and healing arts and the vast sonic landscape of jazz and world music, her playing reflects her range of exploration, dancing from stunning open space and intricate use of silence to powerful rhythmic intensity. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jenny leads a piano trio and is continually exploring new music landscapes

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Haiku is “an 11-track rarity of pristine playing, beautiful vocals and original compositions...Billie Holiday and Chet Baker, to name but two, are jazz legends whose music you could close your eyes to and nod out blissfully in a deep groove without actually having to use heroin (as they did). Haiku is in the same league....The confluence of these originals, the languid Phillips style, the poly-rhythmic pianists of Maybee, and the totally organic groove, makes one what to, yeah, just nod out in an appreciative swoon.” — Mike Greenblatt, Classicalite.

“Much like the poetry from which it takes its name, there's a minimalist gravity to Haiku...The album specializes in moments of fragile tension, with forlorn trumpet whispers and delicately rendered vocal runs...A lush sonic landscape that captures the music's nuance while allowing for ample acoustic space.” — Brian Zimmerman, DownBeat

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