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Interview with Jazz London Radio previewing my new album THE TRIOLITHIC (out Sept. 9)

Bebop Spoken Here review of Dominic J Marshall trio @ Newcastle Jazz Café:

   Middle Eastern rhythms, the connection made with the Millennial generation; jazz, protest, Scott Heron’s assertion adapted, amended, the social media revolution is being communicated. Read more

Intelligent Sound features 〄 DJM 〄 …

Cave Art one of KMHD’s top 10 jazz albums of 2015

“Cinematic Orchestra steals the show” at Crossing Border 2015 (review in Dutch)

Adam Atkins of Brightons Finest reviews 17th May gig at Brighton Dome:

             An intimate set in the Dome Studio Theatre saw the Dominic J Marshall Trio push the limits of their songs and take the audience on a number of journeys. Read more

DG3 review of Samadhi Quintet album launch:

            Dominic J Marshall on keyboards with his trilling arpeggios had me comparing him with the late great Austin Peralta. Read more

LondonJazz review of Samadhi‘s debut album The Dance of Venus:

            Here Dominic Marshall again contributes a stream of beautiful melodic and harmonic ideas. Read more

Mike Collins wrote-up our 28th February concert at Nailsea Tithe Barn.

The Jazz Mann review of 21st February gig at the Hive:

            A highly interactive unit full of adventurous harmonic and rhythmic ideas. Marshall is a formidable keyboard technician and also a composer of some stature. Read more

– Ian Mann

Jazzenzo review of 8th January trio-gig at the BIMhuis

HipHop Speakeasy reviews Cave Art:

           cave art is a one-of-a-kind project that breathes life into these memorable hip-hop tracks and you’ll be tapping your feet along to the upbeat recreations of some golden classics. Read more

– Stone

Tiny Mixtapes Cave Art review:

         Christ Hund (Paxico Records CEO and bit-artist) has seriously been buggin’ since this Summer on 〄 DJM 〄 trio vibes. They even do deep deep live sessions that are undeniably talented. Not to say the original songs covered in cave art aren’t pure music progress, but 〄 DJM 〄 trio definitely nodded along to the point of new-return. And they’re finally been released to the world! Find the tape HERE HERE HERE, including a ritual candle and download code. They’re shippin’ quick too, so don’t sleep on these tunes until you’re reeling it bedside! Read more

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Jazz International interview (preview of concert @ De Doelen on Dec 5th)

Jazzwise December issue ‘Taking off’ feature

interview Radio Winchcombe (starts at 14:15)

‘some of the freshest and most interesting contemporary jazz [Jazz@FutureInns] has heard’ Bristol 24/7 review of Oct 31st gig:

            Knowing that Dominic J Marshall had already completed two music degrees, recorded three jazz albums, won the Leeds College of Music Piano Prize and launched himself as electronic music producer DJM made for high, if uncertain, expectations.

The alarmingly youthful-looking musician led his trio onto the Future Inns stage with diffident ease, and once settled behind the piano proceeded to unfold some of the freshest and most interesting contemporary jazz the room has heard.

It was immediately clear this was not going to be a ‘clap the solos’ gig – the music was too integrated for that – but very much a ‘trust me and go with the flow’ affair. Read more

Tony Benjamin

Spirit Speech nominated for an Edison – ‘International Jazz’ category

Europe Jazz Media announces Spirit Speech one of the most listened-to albums of October 2014

Tiny Mixtapes preview of soon-to-be-released {cave art} on Paxico records

Claire Martin features ‘Sleepwalking‘ on BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-up (starts 36:15)

New songs ‘Elephant man‘ and ‘Windermere‘ broadcast from live performance at Uitmarkt on Radio6 (starts at 31:10)

‘Dominic J Marshall has found his own sound’ – 3voor12 interview (Dutch)

Muso Channel video of ‘Shapes’ from Good and Bad Dreams (2013) view video

Justin from Spirit Speech (2014) part of Tokyo Jazz Notes March 2014 dozen

BExperimental feature

He is a rare find who will be a formidable force in years to come.

Fresh head nodding talent is hard to find. I mean genuine talent that is ‘a cut above the rest’ (as the saying goes). Recently a good friend of mine introduced me to the sounds of Dominic J Marshall, a pianist/composer in his own right who is based in Amsterdam but originally from the UK. I checked him out, listened to his soundcloud, youtube videos, the usual things we do with artists who put themselves out there. Then I listened to his new EP, Good and Bad Dreams which is a collection of short jazzy, hip hoppy electronic tracks that he had composed and produced over the last 6 months. All I say is cop the EP; Dominic J Marshall is a talented musician with an ability to mix contemporary hip-hop and electronic sounds with those from recent jazz history. He is a rare find who will be a formidable force in years to come. Read more

– Darshi Haria

Radio 6 interview for Jazz Jong view video

VIRUS radio show @ Rotterdamse Schouwburg view video

Tokyo Jazz Notes named Icaros (2012) “Best International Jazz Album of 2012” View list

Bebop Spoken Here  review of DJM trio Live Performance at Splinter Jazz in The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle October 6 2013

Marshall is quite an astonishing pianist with a technique comparable with a lot of better known names

Not the most auspicious start to a gig – band held up in traffic, late start and balance problems on the opening Sleepwalking meant I had to make the decision of hanging around or getting the next 27 bus home.
I hung around. I’d reviewed a CD of the trio awhile back and I knew their capabilities and, lo and behold, the very next number it all came together.
Bud, dedicated to Bud Powell, was quite wonderful with sweeping statements from Marshall. He may be playing 21st century piano but a lot of his chords owe much to Bud even if he does sneak in a few extra extensions of his own into the voicing.

A program of originals, apart from I Should Care which, paradoxically, turned out to be the definitive benchmark in the first set.
“Who wrote it?” asked Marshall. “Who cares?” replied someone in the back row. Well, for those of us not in the back row, it was written by Paul Weston, Axel Stordahl and Sammy Cahn. But, let me tell you this – it was rewritten tonight by Dominic J. Marshall!

This was a good gig and Marshall is quite an astonishing pianist with a technique comparable with a lot of better known names.
He swings! How could he not with Sam Gardner kicking seven shades out of the kit and Vicary laying it down to be obeyed.
Those that made it tonight applauded vociferously. Them that didn’t should feel justifiably sad.

I left just before the end to catch the 27. I felt sorry for the driver – he didn’t know what he was missing inside the Bridge Hotel.

– Lance

Rainlore’s World of Music review of Words Fail (2013 EP)

an album that easily holds interest and that one wants to come back to repeatedly.

Released on 4th February, Dominic J. Marshall’s Digital EP Words Fail is the young jazz pianist’s solo excursion into electronica. All instruments are played by Marshall himself. The vocals are not credited but seem to be mostly snippets of existing speeches.

The sixteen tracks are mostly very short, with the title track being the longest at just over three and a half minutes. However, they all seem to form a more or less continuous whole. For an EP, Words Fail is a generous thirty-one minutes, or almost a short album.

From someone with a jazz album like Icaros under his belt, Words Fail may seem like an odd ‘excursion’ to take. Nonetheless, this turns out to be a fascinating exploration of music and words through electronica. When you listen to the ‘words’ it quickly becomes obvious that words can indeed be inadequate, and the title Words Fail makes eminent sense, here and indeed all too often in the real world.  Read more

 

All About Jazz review of Icaros (2012)

He’s a precocious talent, still absorbing influences and experimenting with his approaches to playing and composition.

Just who is Dominic J Marshall? A little bit of George Shearing, a spot of Esbjorn Svensson, a modicum of Robert Glasper and a smidgeon of Neil Cowley are all present on Icaros, the second trio album from the young pianist. Lest this sounds like Marshall is a man who has yet to find his own voice, it’s worth stating at the outset that such a combination has blended together to create an individual sound: Marshall is Marshall.

Marshall comes from Bannockburn, a village in Scotland best know for a battle in 1314 which saw the Scots vanquish Edward II’s invading army. After studying at Leeds College of Music, Marshall relocated to Amsterdam, where he is now based. He released his debut trio record, The Oneness (Self Produced) in 2011, while in his parallel career as a beatmaker he’s released a series of recordings. Clearly, a busy musician. Just as clearly, as his playing and writing on Icaros demonstrate, a talented musician with an ability to mix contemporary hip-hop and electronic influences with those from recent decades of jazz history. Read more

– Bruce Lindsay

The Jazz Breakfast review of Icaros (2012)

well-versed pianist with an ear for everything throughout the history of jazz and beyond

Continuing F-IRE’s current crop of stylistically varied output is Dominic J Marshall with a piano trio record that has really made me sit up and pay attention. Still in his early 20s, Marshall, of Scottish descent, is based in Amsterdam although previously studied in Leeds. This isn’t his first trio record, having released The Oneness in 2011, but it certainly makes a statement.

First off, I have to comment on the CD’s title and Marshall’s intent that it be known Icaros are songs learned directly from plant spirits and are received in dreams. That’s interesting reading for the liner notes, but I really struggle to understand where this comes into the tunes on show. Perhaps the underlying point is some sort of justification of each decision made musically? But justification this record doesn’t need. For all I care it could be called Fireman Sam Was Only In It For The Glory, shattering my cherished childhood illusions – it’d still be an exceptional work of intensely exciting and fresh music. Read more

– JJ Wheeler

Jazzfits review (Dutch) of Icaros (2012) scroll to page 6

The Jazz Mann 4 Star review of Icaros (2012)

technically brilliant playing, it’s an album that deserves to get Marshall noticed

Any release that bears the mark of London’s F-ire Collective is pretty much guaranteed to be interesting but this album from the young British pianist and composer Dominic J Marshall represents something exceptional. Marshall studied classical music for ten years under the tutelage of his father before undertaking the jazz course at Leeds College of Music. In 2010 he relocated to the Netherlands to study for his Masters at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam graduating with honours in 2012. A regular award winner he has received guidance from such luminaries as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Parks, Dave Douglas, Gerald Clayton, Brad Mehldau and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Marshall self released his début trio recording “The Oneness” (with bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Ruben Steijn) in 2011, a recording I’ve yet to hear, but it’s this brilliant new album that should help to establish his reputation with UK audiences. For “Icaros” Marshall has assembled a new trio featuring two of Holland’s leading young exponents on their respective instruments, bassist Tobias Nijboer and drummer Kaspars Kurdeko, originally from Latvia. Whereas “The Oneness” included outside material from composers as diverse as George Shearing, Nick Drake and Thelonious Monk “Icaros” is comprised entirely of Marshall’s original tunes prompting F-ire’s Ipek Foster to remark “brilliant compositions”. No arguments there, in fact everything about “Icaros” exudes class from Pablo Amaringo’s distinctive artwork to the pinpoint mix by engineers Lex Tanger, Chris Weeda and Darius Van Helfteren (the album was recorded at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam). Read more

– Ian Mann

The Independent 4 Star review of Icaros (2012)

Despite the magical-realist cover and references to Amazonian shamanism and our own “deranged culture”, this is actually a very worldly slice of twinkling piano-trio jazz.

Marshall, who trained at Leeds and Amsterdam, has a keyboard style that recalls Robert Glasper’s incorporation of R&B grooves, and the excellent drummer Kaspars Kurdeko uses rimshots to echo the feel of digital handclaps on the best track, “Pointer”, a delicious slow jam.

– Phil Johnson

London Jazz review of The Oneness (2011)

striking debut album featuring an intense, fiercely interactive trio

Dominic J. Marshall, while studying at Leeds College of Music, was the pianist in a trio named Tryatarantis, whose music so impressed fellow pianist John Law that he was moved to remark that they played ‘so easily you lose sight of the technical accomplishments of all the band members and just dig the feel … they communicate great joy. I think no one’s told them yet that life’s supposed to be difficult.’

Having left Leeds and relocated to Amsterdam, Marshall now plays (and has recorded this album) with bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Ruben Steijn, but his music retains its freshness, vitality and power.

Six of the album’s nine tracks are by Marshall himself, and they range unaffectedly between slow-burning, luminous ballads and brisker, occasionally tumultuous, flat-out pieces that showcase a considerable pianistic talent.

George Shearing (‘Conception’), Nick Drake (‘Parasite’) and Thelonious Monk (‘Pannonica’) supply the three non-originals, but it is arguably the extended, carefully built self-penned pieces (epitomised by the album’s opener, ‘Jintonic’) featuring lengthy, pleasingly self-absorbed but consistently communicative and inventive piano solos that really impress in a striking debut album featuring an intense, fiercely interactive trio.

– Chris Parker

ArtsLink review of The Oneness (2011)

Marshall is a budding talent with a fertile mind and displays a youthful energy as well as a darker, deeper side.

Last year when I covered the Youth Jazzfest in Grahamstown, a young drummer came over to me, introduced himself and asked me that if he made a CD could he send it to me? Well it arrived. It’s by the Dominic J. Marshall Trio titled The Oneness. Pianist Marshall hails from Leeds in the UK, Walter Stinson is a bassist from New York and drummer Ruben Steijn is from Amsterdam, where this recording was made. The music is in the contemporary mode with six of the nine compositions written by Marshall. Think along the lines of the trios of Bill Evans or Keith Jarrett but obviously not in that class yet. The music contains the interplay between piano and bass against lots of drum fills and statements, where the drummer is not only a rhythm instrument but also becomes a voice within the trio, such as on “Jintonic“, but on “Bill Evans” it’s all brushes and on “Portrait“ Steijn shows he can also be a more subtle rhythm player when called on to do so. At 21 Marshall is a budding talent with a fertile mind and displays a youthful energy as well as a darker, deeper side. I’m pleased he managed to include some bop on George Shearing’s “Conception”. Stinson shows off his chops on “The Oneness” and “Pannonica” with nods to Scott La Faro and Eddie Gomez. All in all a very musical walk into the future, but with deference to the roots of the music.

– Don Albert