Pianist Alan Benzie Releases Debut Album
Alan Benzie Trio - Traveller's Tales
Dewar Arts Awardee and Berklee College of Music graduate, Alan Benzie, has released his debut album of music to great acclaim.
Benzie, who was the first winner of the BBC Young Scottish Musician of the Year competition in 2007, went on to study at Berklee School of Music in Boston, supported by a Dewar Award. He became the first British musician to win the Billboard Award, following in the footsteps of Japanese pianist Uehara Hiromi and saxophonists Jaleel Shaw and Walter Smith III.
Recorded with his working trio featuring friends and long-time collaborators Andrew Robb on bass and Marton Juhasz on drums, Traveller’s Tales was inspired by Benzie’s travels as a musician, the landscape of his native Scotland and his love of Japanese animation.
The music has its roots in European and American jazz, with influences from impressionist piano music, Scottish and Japanese folk musics, and film music.
“All of the tunes have a story behind them,” says Benzie. “Glass, From A to B and Old Haunts are informed by direct experience and my reflections on them and they are grounded in the real world. A Wandering Mist and Frog Town on the Hill are very much the realm of the traveller in my head, and hence quite fantastical.”
Alan Benzie Trio, Traveller’s Tales, is available online and accessible through Alan's website: www.alanbenzie.com/buy.
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