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Roy Powell

Roy Powell studied piano and avant-garde composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester England before defecting to jazz. He first came to prominence in 1994 with his debut recording A Big Sky which was hailed as “a real bench mark in British contemporary electric jazz” by Jazz on CD He then emigrated to Oslo, Norway where he collaborated on an album of free improvised music �” Holus which was described as “ an outstanding success” by Jazz journal International. His next release as a leader- North by Northwest featuring Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen has also been a critical success as well as being selected as Best Jazz CD of 2001 by Amazon.co.uk. Solace which was released in 2003 received lavish praise including 4 stars in Downbeat. His piece Bow Out has been performed by Oakland, Richmond, Cincinnati and Florida ballet companies and has had performances all over the globe from Japan, Australia, and USA to Europe and Scandinavia. His recordings have appeared in the Gramophone Jazz Good CD guide, Gramophone Classical Good CD guide, the Lord Discography, The new Grove Dictionary of Jazz as well as jazz magazines in Europe and the US and radio shows in the UK, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Holland Scandinavia and the US.Powell has recorded with and played concerts with many significant musicians including

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Jazz CD of the week **** (four Stars of 5) This is music from the heart and it encourages contemplation and finer thoughts in the listener.It’s also refreshing to hear such simple affecting playing from one so young. Peter Bacon The Birmingham post

Ronnie Scott’s Roy Powell, whose trio opened the show, is the Brit who made the unusual move from Lancashire to Norway, home of all things cutting edge. His piano style, though, remained surprisingly traditional. There was no electronica, no beat boxes, just acoustic double-bass, drums and the kind of technique that recalled early Bill Evans and that legendary octave-improve king, Phineas Newborn. Jack Massarik London Evening Standard

****(four Stars of 5) “A compelling beautiful series of performances, authoritative, disciplined and full of warmth” Ray Comiskey The Irish Times

”Powell is also a gifted straightahead player, and his piano work makes impulsive skids between fast, melodically ingenious bop, a Stan Tracey-like chordal ruggedness, funky blues licks and soft impressionism.” John Forham The Guardian UK

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