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French pianist Magali Souriau was first noticed as the leader of a gorgeous big band, but her trio shows that she's an equally astounding pianist and small-group leader. She started playing classical piano at the age of 3, but switched to jazz and has received many awards in recognition of her outstanding achievement in Jazz composition.
01. When the Snow (3:12)
02. Ahmad Ravel / Au Clair de la Lune (6:41)
03. Speak Low (5:30)
04. Ask Me Now (2:59)
05. Hommage to Dollar Brand (4:48)
06. Petite Promenade (4:36)
07. Gnossienne (3:13)
08. Caravan (4:15)
09. Deep Slow (3:06)
10. Reflection (1:25)
11. Tease Me but Please Don't Squeeze Me, Even if I got it Bad (5:25)
12. Estate (5:30)
13. One For Daddy-O (1:33)
14. I'm Through with Love (4:23)
Tracks #1,2,5,6,9 composed by Magali Souriau.
Magali Souriau (piano, vocals on #2,6,12); Chris Cheek (tenor sax, soprano sax on #1,7,9, vocals on #6); Matt Pavolka (bass, vocals on #6).
Recorded at Avatar Studio, New York City, on November 2003
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol
"One of the most original orchestral jazz composers of our time - astonishing music."
-Ben Ratliff, NY Times
"Souriaus way with Monk is just the beginning of her powers.
-K. Leander Williams, Time Out New York
"Soft set, with piano, bass, and tenor/soprano sax. Souriau is credited with vocals on four tracks, but she doesn't sing much -- the vocals are more like ad-libs, only slightly more coherent than Keith Jarrett's grunts. The originals seem tentative and underdone, but it doesn't hurt to listen closely. Interspersed are pieces by Monk, Ellington, Satie, and others, which are more overtly shaped -- although it is interesting that "Caravan" comes off sounding more like one of Monk's. Chris Cheek plays sax, and mostly keeps it in the background. The word of the day here is subtle. B+"
-Tom Hull, Village Voice.