Pianist Dan Whieldon has been active on the North West Jazz scene for the last ten years. He was the winner of the Nottingham National Solo Jazz piano competition in 2008 and since then has been playing in various ensembles on the UK scene, including his duo with singer Alice Zawadzki.
From the moment pianist Dan Whieldon studied Jazz in Brussels, he started to get a taste for the ‘European’ Jazz sound, and met many musicians while he was there, which shaped the writing and playing on this CD. Whilst rich in harmony, and inspired by the Bill Evans school, many of the compositions are short forms and have a ‘song feel’ about them, such as Whieldon’s ‘Waltz for Ronnie’ and ‘Para Ti’.
His album, recorded in Genk, Belgium, is largely made up of Whieldon’s accessible originals, but also features his arranging skills, with versions of standards ‘Speak Low’ and ‘Nardis’ as well as his take on Parry’s ‘Repton’ (better known as the Hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’)
Dan Whieldon – piano
Gavin Barras – acoustic bass
Dave Walsh – drums
Richard Iles – flugelhorn