James Pearson

Jazzwise Review

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As usual at Ronnie’s Saturday night at the club features two houses, turned around  a little after 10pm, and the ideal opening set to the first house was provided by the trio of artistic director pianist James Pearson, bassist Tim Thornton, and drummer Mark Fletcher (formerly with poet Don Paterson’s much missed band Lammas), with singer Polly Gibbons joining. Gibbons when she was a complete unknown was nominated for a BBC jazz award and has grown artistically since this early recognition. Gibbons has a very unmannered soulful voice, and excelled…read more

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No.6 in The Sunday Times top 100 albums of 2009

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James Pearson Trio No.6 in The Sunday Times top 100 albums of 2009 jazz category. The Ronnie Scott’s house band is in safe hands. The pianist James Pearson gives a nod in the direction of Dudley Moore as he blows the roof off the Soho room. See full article here

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The James Pearson Trio – Blues and Soul Review

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If you’re lucky enough to get into a packed Ronnie Scotts these days you’d be in for more than a treat with resident house band,The James Pearson Trio. Upholding the legacy left behind by the greats such as Oscar Peterson and our very own Dudley Moore is a tough act to follow but its in good hands. This mighty triumvirate are there most nights swinging with the stars and doing their own thing too. Nine numbers, recorded live at the club, emphasize what fun and vibrant jazz can be in…read more

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The James Pearson Trio – The Sunday Times

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The James Pearson Trio Diehards may not care for the cocktail ambience and crossover gigs at the new-look Ronnie Scott’s, but there’s no question the house band, led by James Pearson, upholds the old traditions. One of those multifaceted players capable of invoking everyone from George Gershwin to Oscar Peterson and Dudley Moore, Pearson is in shattering form on these sessions. Even a tune as overfamiliar as Cherokee comes up looking invigorated in a ferocious stop-time arrangement. Sam Burgess (bass) and Chris Dagley (drums) keep things boiling along. In a…read more

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UK Jazz Radio – CD of the month

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Ukjazzradio first CD of the month is Swing the Club from the James Pearson Trio. This CD was recorded live over four nights at Ronnie Scott’s where the trio is the house band The tapes were simply left running during the Trio’s normal sets and left for a while until James and Pete North, who recorded the album, started listening to them. This process is helpful when recording improvised music, “sometimes you remain too close to it, other times you are able to distance yourself and judge the music for…read more

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James Pearson Trio – The Observer

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One of an almost extinct species – resident band at a major jazz club – this trio have been appearing at Ronnie Scott’s for three years, both in their own right and as accompanists to big jazz stars. These nine numbers, recorded live at the club, show what regular, concentrated playing together can do for three already outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they’re a joy to listen to. Close your eyes and the ambient sound of glasses, cocktail shaker and subdued conversation will put you right there at…read more

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