DAVID REES-WILLIAMS TRIO
The David Rees-Williams Trio was formed in 1988 and features David
Rees-Williams (piano), Neil Francis (bass guitar) and Phil Laslett (drums).
Based in Canterbury, they have performed in an interesting variety of
concerts and festivals over the years both in England and Spain, and now
specialise in a programme that unites the best of classical and jazz. David's
arrangement of Purcell's When I Am Laid
In Earth from their CD Classically
Minded was first played on Radio 3 during the summer of 2001 on Sean
Rafferty’s programme In Tune. The
response was extraordinary, resulting in the BBC being inundated with
enquiries, and subsequently inviting them to record a commercial disc on
their new Late Junction label.
Hidden Colours, released in
May 2002, features arrangements of Purcell, Bach, Grieg, Fauré,Franck,
Debussy and Ravel. It received excellent reviews in The Times and the Independent
on Sunday and shortly after its release, was Editor's Choice in HMV Choice Magazine. It was then to become
No.2 of HMV's 10 best Classical discs of 2002. It was also rated best of its
genre by the Financial Times in its
end of year disc review on world music of 2002.
In September 2004, Time Scape was released and includes
arrangements of works by Ravel, Bach, Chopin, Stanford, Purcell, Buxtehude,
Elgar, Warlock and Bossi. It received 4-star reviews in The Sunday Times, The Independent On Sunday and Jazzwise Magazine. It was also
featured as one of the top ten CDs of 2004 by Clive Davis in the Sunday Times Culture magazine in
The Trio's latest CD Thinking Allowed was released in
February 2007. Featuring regularly on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM's new station, theJazz, it has
been widely and unanimously acclaimed as one of the outstanding albums of its
David Rees-Williams (piano) began
his musical career as a chorister at New College Oxford, where the rich
variety of musical styles performed by choir and organ made strong and
lasting impressions. From here he won the top music scholarship to Cranleigh
School where he studied piano, oboe and organ. He graduated from the Royal
College of Music in 1981 with a B.Mus. While still a student, he held posts
as organist at two London churches. Apart from his concert work with the
trio, and as a soloist on piano and organ, he teaches piano in Canterbury,
both privately, and at The King's School, and Christ Church University
Until 2002, Neil Francis (electric
bass) enjoyed a dual career as teacher and freelance bass guitarist. He now
devotes his time entirely to his playing. His performance work has embraced
disciplines as diverse as improvised trio jazz, blues, rock, studio sessions,
and, most recently, the classically inspired cross-over style featured by the
David Rees-Williams Trio.
Over the last three
decades, Phil Laslett (drums) has
built a solid reputation as a versatile player backing a variety of
international artists in his own right, and also as part of the David
Rees-Williams Trio. He has also led his own quartet specialising in modern
jazz arrangements. Recent reviews of the Trio have complimented his playing
for its subtlety and musicianship.
The David Rees-Williams Trio have just got better and better .... their
new recording of jazz forays into the classical repertoire is just magical.'
Guy Dammann, The Guardian
can cast a Bach prelude in exotic colours, but he and his colleagues are
equally at home with Scarlatti, Grieg and Cesar Franck."
Clive Davis, Sunday Times