Josh Nelson

A native of Southern California, Josh Nelson maintains a busy schedule as a live jazz pianist, composer/arranger, educator, and recording artist. At 37 years old, he has made a strong impression on the jazz and songwriting scene on the West Coast. Josh has performed with some of the most respected names in music, including Natalie Cole, Ralph Moore, Lewis Nash, Richard Galliano, Christian McBride, Greg Hutchinson, Ben Williams, Philip Bailey, Anthony Wilson, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, Alex Acuna, Abraham Laboriel, Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Peter Erskine, Bob Hurst, Queen Latifah, and Sara Gazarek to name a few.

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Jazz Review January 2008 By Paul J. Youngman

“A debut of magnificence, Nelson is a talented young composer and pianist, someone to keep a close eye on.”

“Nelson distinguishes himself as a first-rate player and composer with a fresh, wholly personal take on the music.” - Bill Milkowski

Downbeat January 2008 Reviewed by James Hale

Los Angeles-bred pianist Josh Nelson has his heart firmly on his sleeve for much of his debut recording, planting six yearning ballads in the center of Let it Go and using the plaintive timbre of Seamus Blake's tenor for maximum effect.

A player with strong stylistic links to Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson, Nelson also gets tremendous support from drummer Matt Wilson, who masters the tricky rhythmic feel of ”Loose End” and adds casual waltz-time anarchy in the background of the Beach Boys' obscure ”Tears in the Morning.” As his choice of the Sunflower nugget illustrates, Nelson has a finely tuned ear, which shows itself again in his inclusion of the pretty standard “Love Letters” and Ben Wendel's “Julia.” His own “Leaving Here” is less effective, despite a pleasant guest vocal by Sara Gazarek.

Interesting territory exists beyond the dominant balladic material, too. ”Introspection on 401” surges past ethereal introspection on the back of a brawny Blake solo, and closing title track pairs Wilson's slamming drums against a cyclical theme.

All About Jazz Jakob Bækgaar December 9, 2007 ”This is not only an outstanding debut, it's one of the best releases of the year.”

JazzTimes December 2007 Reviewed by Forrest Dylan Bryant

Josh Nelson establishes a clear identity in the six original tunes that anchor this album

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