For the Mauritian pianist now resident in Paris, Jerry Léonide, his debut album "The Key" is "a revelation of Mauritian music before the eyes of the world."
You could almost say that Jerry Léonide, winner of the 2014 Montreux Jazz Solopiano Competition, is on a mission and already two months after the release of the album it clearly shows that this mission is a success: Hardly ever a formerly unknown musician has received as unanimously euphoric international press reactions as Jerry Léonide.
With "The Key" Jerry Léonide not only puts his home country Mauritius on the global map of jazz - he also impressively presents himself as one of the most interesting new international figures of jazz piano.
Release concerts 13.11. Paris, Sunside / 9.12. München, Jazzclub Unterfahrt
JERRY LÈONIDE "The Key" now in retail and on the ACT Webshop...
„A superlative introduction to a musician who has enormous potential.”
- Jazzwise (GB)
„An international rising star.“
- Jazzwise (GB)
“Léonide has created a very satisfying suite that manages to comment on cultural migration while also working as a set of killer tunes in the classic, modal style of modern jazz that recalls Horace Silver.”
- The Independent on Sunday (GB)
“[…] Léonide’s star is clearly rising. Is it fanciful to hear similarities with the great Horace Silver, who also took island melodies, in his case Cape Verde, to blend into contemporary jazz tapestry?‘“
- The Arts Desk (GB)
“Fittingly, this stunning debut is crammed with joie de vivre and crystal-clear melodies, vividly evoking the Indian Ocean-lying island paradise. A clearly realised and passionate debut.”
- The Quietus (GB)
“Its sunny good nature is as restorative as a stroll on a Mauritian beach.” […] One of the “Jazz Albums of the year so far”.
- The Daily Telegraph (GB)
"Un voyage plein de poésie, de groove et de délicatesse, ponctué de passages vocaux inspirés d'influences africaines."
- Culture box (FR)
"Une performance pianistique intense aux improvisations très colorées, la réunion d'un groupe de musiciens en phase."
- Jazz News (FR)
"Un premier album réussi, groovy et subtil, puissant et sensible. Un musicien à suivre ! "
- Batteur Magazine (FR)
Video: Jerry Léonide "The Key" - EPK