Like many of the newer generation of jazz players today, the debut trio album ‘Wave Forms and Sea Changes’ reflects the engagement with jazz synthesized through the sounds and influences of the time – eclectic colours of Rock, Drum and Bass, Latin jazz and Blomfield’s training in classical piano blend with the more traditional flavours of contemporary jazz. Blomfield’s original voice in contemporary composition also reflect his diverse influences including Brad Mehldau, McCoy Tyner, Eddie Palmieri, The Bad Plus and Radiohead as well as a myriad of emotions and sometimes unexpected juxtapositions evolving from the composer’s personal narrative on his life, namely the mysterious and complex condition of the severe autism of his two sons (younger son Joseph features on the CD’s cover photo). Overall, ‘Wave Forms and Sea Changes’ will engage the listener in a fascinating musical journey with it’s lyrical and evocative melodies, driving rhythms, rich harmonies, adventurous solo and group improvisations and tight, complex ensemble writing.
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“Heard in full flow, pianist Blomfield sounds as fully formed as any of his better-known UK peers, with an emphatically equal-handed, densely chromatic style that swings hard on Latin-inflected originals like “Return of the Easton Walk” and “Rum Thing”, ably backed by Roshan Wijetunge on bass and Mark Whitlam on drums.” (Phil Johnson – The Independent)
“I suspect this new trio album will come as a revelation to many listeners, for it is absolutely superb, and puts Blomfield on a new level as an outstanding soloist.” (John Watson – jazzcamera.co.uk)
“…Blomfield has an attractive tone and plays expressively, without leaning towards over-sentimentality. For fans of current post-EST piano trio jazz who might be looking for that little bit extra from a now heavily subscribed format, Jim Blomfield could well be the answer” – (Selwyn Harris – Jazzwise magazine)