6th September 2014: ‘Devotion’ by Marko Churnchetz with 4 Star review from Jazzwise, The Jazz Mann, BBC Radio 3, JazzViews, and more

Devotion is the debut WWR release from Slovenian-born pianist and composer Marko Churnchetz, and features saxophonist Mark Shim, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Justin Brown.  The album has had some fantastic reviews in the press as of late in addition to some regular airplay on BBC Radio 3, here are some highlights:

“A strong piece of work impressive not only for the quality of the writing but also for the wholehearted absorption and development of its ethos by the whole band.” The Jazz Breakfast

“Devotion” is a stunning début. Churnchetz sounds like a musician -and composer- who is just bursting with ideas.” 4 Stars, The Jazz Mann

“A possessor of dazzling technique, in terms of speed, accuracy and the ability to turn a phrase into a big run.” Marlbank

“THAT MOMENT when the ears prick up and the spine tingles. In the world of contemporary jazz, it happens fairly frequently… but not so often to this level. Debuting on the Whirlwind label, Slovenian pianist/keyboardist and composer Marco Churnchetz may just have entered the annual ‘best of’ stakes with Devotion – an outstanding programme of originals. A wondrous release.” AP Reviews

“The disc delivers everything we have come to expect of modern contemporary jazz: brilliant virtuosity; powerful and complex rhythmic drive, all informed by intelligent eclecticism.” Jazz Views

 

And a great feature from Jazzwise Magazine reprinted below:

Jazzwise Sept 2014 - review  Devotion