Living in Pieces
Jillian Lebeck is at the forefront of a new generation of gifted jazz pianists, vocalists and composers. Her debut 'Living in Pieces' has been very well-received spending 6 weeks in the top 5 on the campus jazz charts- 4 of those in the #1 position. Self produced, 'Living in Pieces' features some of Canada's finest jazz musicians. Brad Turner - trumpet, Jon Bentley - saxophone, Andre Lachance - bass, and Paul Townsend - drums. Lebeck's style on 'Living In Pieces' mixes modern mainstream jazz with overtones of ECM, pop and classical composition all delivered in a mature and assured approach. 'Living in Pieces' was nominated for Outstanding Jazz Recording for Western Canadian Music Awards, 2004. CD Review OTTAWA XPRESS - JULY 1st, 2004 There's little doubt Norah Jones feels like home. The sound of Vancouver-based singer/pianist Jillian Lebeck, however, seems far more vulnerable and tangled up in blue, the sonic purr of a soul still looking to settle down. Of course, that's not to suggest she lacks warmth, far from it. In fact, her laid back, ever so smooth, almost muted voice literally drips with flushed emotion as she digs into a gorgeous reading of Rufus Wainwright's 'Sally Ann'. While Lebeck occasionally tackles the kind of pop-infused jazz Jesse Harris would be proud to call his own, the bulk of Living In Pieces owes more to Keith Jarrett than Jones. Lebeck favours simple, lithe melodies that slowly but surely give way to smart, exploratory improvisation. There's a palpable thread of deep melancholy running throughout the set, as if Lebeck is humming the trials and tribulations of every day life in her head, trying to work it all out. A first rate debut. **** - Steve Baylin.