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April 2009

Trevor Watkis
Straight Ahead ... Ride for Tone!
BlueSoundScape

Londoner Trevor Watkis exudes a cool, swinging confidence on his first recording as a leader. Alongside a crew of American heavyweights (saxophonist Steve Wilson, trumpeter Darren Barrett, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Lewis Nash) the skilled pianist-composer plays it strictly straight-ahead on his lyrical jazz waltz “Khadijah’s Peace,” the urgent uptempo cooker “Apartment #17” and the mellow ballad “Fuchsia Song.” Watkis has his way with Stevie Wonder’s “Passionate Raindrops” and conjures up a “Poinciana” vibe on his alluring “A Summer Evening Dream.”

Originally published in April 2009
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