Liz Story has established herself as one of the most distinctive composers and pianists. The three-time Grammy nominee fashions a deeply personal style, balancing physical prowess against delicate moods, colors and textures, which take shape at the elusive transitions between classical and folk, with a rich jazz harmony of pioneers like Bill Evans, Story's acknowledged chief inspiration. Yet Colours is almost minimalist next to Evans's more densely textured works - a spacious blend of polychords, breezy runs, and finely timed sustenutos, with an accessible spirit and memorable melodies - like the uplifting figure she plays over a simple descending bassline in 'Hymn', or the indelible major-key main theme of 'Things with Wings'. More economical than Keith Jarrett, more florid and changeable than Winston, Liz Story finds a compelling middle ground between jazz harmony and classical technique, outside improv and sturdy songcraft complex performance and inner stillness which is an audiovisual delight.
Tracklisting: - Rope Trick - Toy Soldier - Hymn - Without You - Mostly the Hours - Encore - Wedding Rain - Bradley's Dream - Unaccountable Effect - Things With Wings - Solid Colours