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Jann Rutherford - Discovery

$23   (Australian dollars)


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Jann Rutherford (piano)

Jann Rutherford is one of the most distinctive voices in Australian jazz. A young New-Zealand-born pianist, this is her first solo CD. It contains only original compositions, and was funded by the Emerging Artists Scheme of the Australia Council. Australia's greatest jazz pianist Mike Nock writes this introduction to Jann Rutherford:

'Jann Rutherford is a wonderful pianist. With this beautifully recorded debut solo CD, I would hope a much larger audience, who might otherwise never have the opportunity to delight in her music, can now get to hear for themselves why she is so highly respected among her fellow musicians. Playing a variety of original compositions and improvisations, Jann explores many moods in which her beautiful sound, sensitive ear for harmonic nuance and warm expressiveness are heard to full advantage.'

The major jazz polls in America have a special section called "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition". If ever we had a candidate in Australia it must be Jann Rutherford, a highly respected pianist among musicians for a number of years, but with this CD releasing her first recording under her own name, though she has added much to other releases by Graeme Norris, "Pentatomic", and Ed Hughes, "Ed Street". Jann, in 1990 and 1991, won second place in the very competitive Wangaratta National Jazz Piano Competition. In 1992, she took first prize.

Jann Rutherford’s sensitivity is heard in her touch and fine technique at the piano and in her compositions which are enhanced by her humour and lyricism. The moods vary from pieces dedicated to musical allies to images like "Towards The Flame", inspired by" "someone bringing their cigarette towards the flame, rather than the usual custom of bringing the lighter towards the cigarette." Solo piano is a special form, and Jann Rutherford is an accomplished performer.
ABC 24 Hours. November 1998

Pianist Jann Rutherford's wait to record her first album is reflected in its feeling of full ripeness. Flights of Fancy I is an exceptional improvisation: spacious and gentle, with a compelling narrative capped by glorious treble notes left glistening in the air. ... The compositions are to be admired as much as her consummate playing, sharing a trademark concision of ideas. ... Superbly recorded, the piano will live in your listening room.

John Shand
Sydney Morning Herald. October 1998

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