Live solo CD - 'Land of Shadows' on Jazzwerkstatt Label
"...an unclassifiable venture... Julie Sassoon consistently makes the piano, her voice and her deepest emotions sound awesomely and naturally inseparable."
"... Jarrett is an artist with whom Sassoon shares a language and a tradition. Indeed, Land of Shadows might be thought of as
the Cologne Concert after Jarretts The Koeln Concert. It deserves (and given a chance, will receive) the same kind of recognition and adulation..."
"...the music doesnt exist outside the world... rather , it contains the world inside it..."
"...Sassoons music is always marked by intense concentration, complete surrender to the moment and manages the trick of suspending time for her listeners..."
...Sassoon's music has a universality that invites everyone to enter and share in experiencing her often quite remakable compositions...'
'...Verdrängt das Klavier das Saxophon und die Trompete als Leitinstrumente im Jazz? Neue Alben von so erstklassigen Künstlern wie Julie Sassoon oder dem Thomas Rückert Trio stehen für die Vielfalt des Piano-Jazz..." Hans Hielscher - Der Spiegel
"The sounds rise up from silence, from a far away place, from a different time, until they land in the present where they begin to glow. Watching Julie Sassoon play, one has the impression that the piano will consume her completely. From hidden depths she unearths the sounds, one by one, she threads them into chains, bundles them up into sound clusters, and lets them slide gently back into silence..."
"Sassoon’s approach to solo piano – rather like Keith Jarrett’s in Cologne nearly 40 years ago – is to spin mesmerising improvisations from repeated – often relatively simple, even minimalist – note clusters or motifs... readily exploring diversions as they reveal themselves to her along the way...
...thunderous bass notes, ringing churchbell-like passages, the subtlest of ethereal sounds highlighted by her light singing, are all incorporated, entirely naturally, in an improvisational method ...."
"...Julie Sassoon's new album - "Land of Shadows" is a release which - in my opinion - more than rivals another solo piano album recorded nearly 40 years ago in Germany ... Keith Jarrett Cologne Concert..."
Mike Gerber - UK Jazz Radio
The 'Land of Shadows' CD launch concert was a great evening - at the 'Institute Francais' in Berlin. Lots of CDs sold!!!
Here's a photos of the evening.