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Australian-born, London-based pianist Meg Morley has been associated with the London Ballet School and London Contemporary Ballet Theatre. Active in jazz via the smooth sounds of the group MIA Panboola, this is her debut solo release. Morley’s style is suffused in jazz and references the Impressionists, revealing new depths on each encounter. The piece Rush Hour starts surprisingly ruminatively given the title, but rises to an energetic climax. Morley’s lovely touch is caught well in Drift (a clear example of Impressionist jazz) while In your Shadow gives us the shade of a dance. Little Miss offers a playful interlude before the expanse of Through the Hours, a mini tone-painting referencing bells, including the Westminster Chimes and Debussy’s ‘Cathédrale’.

This EP precedes a full album of Morley’s works with Richard Sadler (double-bass) and Emilio Caroselli (drums). Visit Morley’s website for further details: megmorleymusic.com

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