Roy PowellRoy Powell studied piano and avant-garde composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester/England before defecting to jazz. He first came to prominence in 1994 with his debut recording "A Big Sky" which was hailed as "a real bench mark in British contemporary electric jazz" by Jazz on CD. He then emigrated to Oslo/Norway where he collaborated on an album of free improvised music – "Holus" which was described as "an outstanding success" by Jazz Journal International. His next release as a leader "North by Northwest" featuring Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen has also been a critical success as well as being selected as Best Jazz CD of 2001 by Amazon/UK. "Solace" which was released in 2003 received lavish praise including four stars in Downbeat magazine.
His piece Bow Out has been performed by Oakland, Richmond, Cincinnati and Florida ballet companies and has had performances all over the globe from Japan, Australia, and USA to Europe and Scandinavia. His recordings have appeared in the Gramophone Jazz Good CD guide, Gramophone Classical Good CD guide, the Lord Discography, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz as well as jazz magazines in Europe and the US and radio shows in the UK, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Holland Scandinavia and the US. Powell has recorded with and played concerts with many significant musicians including Art Farmer, Eddie Daniels, Jeff Berlin, Anthony Braxton, Vince Mendoza, Mike Gibbs, Arild Andersen, Terje Rypdal, Mike Walker, Jarle Vespestad, Jacob Young, Terje Gewelt, Roy Hargrove and Dave Liebman to mention only a few.
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