Minneapolis-based pianist and composer, Mary Louise Knutson, has been called one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time. Her warm, inviting tone, broad range of emotional expression, and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene.
Knutson's long-awaited new jazz trio CD, In the Bubble, ranked in JazzWeek's Top 10 and remained on the chart for 19 weeks straight. Six standards and four originals - which range from a swinging Oscar Peterson Trio-style It Could Happen to You” to a smooth jazz version of “You Don’t Know What Love Is” to a Keith Jarrett style You Are My Sunshine - complete this highly accessible mainstream-to-modern collection.
This is timeless, classic piano trio music, right up there with Bill Evans and Bill Charlap.- Pamela Espeland, Twin Cities Critics Tally 2011: Top 10 Albums, Star Tribune, bebopified.com
Swinging and wonderful...In the Bubble is my pleasant surprise of the day. I love it. - Judy Carmichael - Radio host, Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired, NYC
Polished, accomplished and always in the pocket...tasty throughout, this is a goodie not to be missed. - Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review
...a masterful combination of original works and new arrangements...Knutson's compositions are marked by exquisite melodies, emotive harmonies, shifting rhythms and an elegant touch that recalls McPartland, Arriale, and Jarrett. - Andrea Canter, JazzINK.com