One of the most interesting of the new crop of pianists...
Seattle-based pianist Dawn Clement's highly regarded musicianship is in fine form on her second recording as a leader. Combining with the New York rhythm section of drummer Matt Wilson and bassist Dean Johnson, the trio explores personal interpretations of time-tested standards such as "All of Me," and "Sweet and Lovely," originals by Clement, and nods to her musical mentors with trombonist Julian Priester's "First Nature," and Denny Goodhew's "Distant Oasis." Wilson and Johnson add their highly unique voices to a session of adventurousness, swing and spontaneity.
1 I've Told Every Little Star 2:40
2 First Nature 3:26
3 Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go / All of Me 5:10
4 Distant Oasis 5:17
5 Sweet and Lovely 4:30
6 Just One More for You 3:35
7 Dream a Little Dream of Me 6:49
8 2-Day 5:12
9 Singing Hands 4:58
10 Heaven 5:26
DAWN CLEMENT - piano / voice
DEAN JOHNSON - bass
MATT WILSON - drums
Produced by Dawn Clement / Rochelle House
Recorded at Parkwest Studios, Brooklyn, NY June 2007
Engineered by Jim Clouse
Mastered by Ed Brooks, Seattle, WA
Photography by Monica Frisell
Design by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
She's a vocalist at times, but it's her ability on the piano that sets Dawn Clement apart from the crowd. The songs chosen for this, her sophomore album as a bandleader, are largely from the realm of the jazz torch song, but with a handful of original compositions and a few surprises thrown in. Clement has a tiny, gentle singing voice ? definitely ...
Seattle Sound Magazine (Andrew Hamlin)
Seattle-based jazz pianist and singer Dawn Clement's back with a new album, Break. I just hope she doesn't wait another five years between albums. I reviewed Hush, her debut as a leader, back in 2003, remarking that she "eloquently shares space with her bandmates ? but her solo excursions show her capable of emulating a whole band, condensing, expa ...
The Davis Enterprise (Ric Bang)
Seattle-based Dawn Clement is an outstanding composer, arranger, pianist and vocalist. I make that assessment based on just this album. She has played and recorded with several groups, including a previous release under her leadership, but this is my first exposure to her. My bad, in the words of today's youth. Let's begin with her talen as a ...
Platter Chatter (George Fendel)
My son, Marc, a longtime resident alto sax player in Seattle, has told me on many an occasion that Dawn Clement is the real deal: an incessantly swinging bop pianist with chops galore and a beautiful sense of intimacy and feeling when it comes to ballads. Just catch how joyously creative she is on Jerome Kern's "I've Told Every Little Star." She'll ...
Earshot Jazz (Peter Monaghan)
Nuance and soul are both earmarks of Dawn Clement's Break (Origin Records) where the pianist is joined by a ﬁne rhythm section of bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Matt Wilson. Clear, assured, nimble, and muscular articulation - in the manner of a Phineas Newborn Jr. - is matched to some of the varieties of thought and feeling that he, too, sub ...