Sam Crowe pianist/keyboardist/composer

PRESS & REVIEWS

Towards The Centre Of Everything

“A musical odyssey that defies musical genres.”
Jazzviews

“A powerful artistic statement… A real musical intelligence at work…An album that should ensure that Sam Crowe’s star continues to rise.”
4 Stars, The Jazz Mann

“Want to be cheered up? Want out of the corrupt, soulless, commodified, unfeeling, number-obsessed, money fixated, fearful, prejudiced superficiality that is today’s Western existence? Buy Towards The Center Of Everything, press play and escape to a wholly better world!”
The Jazz Breakfast

“This is multi-faceted music by a composer who wants the best of all worlds.”
CD of the Week, Evening Standard

“New Season Highlight. The best Whirlwind release so far? Well that depends on your criteria, but for me it is, based on the life in the performance and the quality of the compositions and improvising group interplay. A robustly creative album.”
4 Stars, Marlbank

“The pianist’s excellent debut album, Synaesthesia, was a standout release for 2010, and after some early listens we’re pleased to report that its impending follow-up lives up to those same high standards. Engagingly melodic and intelligently constructed throughout.”
Jazz UK Magazine

“An impressive effort that has a real drive and free-flow energy about it. Thoroughly recommended.”
4 Stars, Jazzwise

“A fierce musical intellect”
The Jazzman

“Some of New York’s finest young musicians have been enlisted for the session which was recorded in the Big Apple and the all original compositions are deceptively simple, yet immediately infectious and that bodes well for the future.”
4 Stars, UK Vibe

“Crowe’s influences are manifold- jazz, classical, folk, triphop, rock. His visionary writing and powerful melodies fused them into a new whole, an urban urgency mixed with the pastoral gentleness.”
London Jazz

“It’s a set of robust originals in which Crowe writes impressively for the sax/guitar voicings that made Synaesthesia stand out, and his tunes are lifted here by the extra firepower. The backbeat-driven title track features Vinson’s soulful alto and Davies’s shapely reflections; the chiming, floaty Gaia engages Crowe and Hampton in an elegant dance; and Guiliana’s hip-hop precision marshals the riff-melody of The Global Brain.”
The Guardian

“Towards The Centre Of Everything – a record packed with exciting multi-layered new music that expertly combines tricky hook-laden themes and high caliber solos.”     Time-Out London

 

“Every piece is liable to progress from delicate balladry to bombastic rock and occasionally sideways into Chick Corea-like samba territory, mood-switching not only from track to track but moment to moment….but what lifts the session out of the ordinary is the quality of the soloists.”                                                                            Evening Standard

 

Synaesthesia

“This is an extremely impressive debut by the young pianist-composer…
As promising a start to a solo career as you’ll see all year.”
Jazzwise review. June 2010

“Crowe’s music reintroduces adventure, quirk, charm, and, yes,
colour into modern jazz. Enormously satisfying.”
Manchester Evening News

“Crowe is a class act, both as composer and pianist.”

Chris Parker – Vortex

“A startlingly accomplished debut CD.”
Jazzwise Magazine (Selwyn Harris)

“Rising star.”

Claire Martin – Jazz lineup

“A strong debut.”

Jazz Breakfast

“Graceful, lively, intelligent originals performed by

Crowe’s carefully blended all-star quintet.”
The Evening Standard (Jack Massarik)
 

“Sam Crowe has made a poetic and powerful statement with Synaesthesia.
Strong tunes, virtuosic playing, and pristine production make the album an
absolutely stunning debut. Keep your ears open for one of the UK’s young
treasures on the piano…he’s creating serious music!”
Jonathon Kreisberg (Lonnie Smith band, Ari Hoenig band)

“Crowe’s writing is complex but accessible and he exhibits a fierce musical intellect.”
The Jazzman

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