WAIT AND SEE
Anytime you see the Cellar Live label on a CD, if you like jazz you should be tempted to pick it up.
Wait and See from Amanda Tosoff is another example of just why this Vancouver-based label is so fine.
Tosoff is a B.C., native herself, hailing from White Rock, where at an early age music apparently became a passion, a passion she pursued with fervor.
Tosoff's bio explained “She attended the prestigious music program at Semiahmoo Secondary school from 1996-2001, where she studied with award winning jazz educator Dave Proznick. Tosoff continued on to study at Capilano College in North Vancouver BC, where she received a degree in Music - Jazz performance in 2005. At the college, Tosoff honed her piano skills under the tutelage of Juno award winning pianist Ross Taggart, Chris Sigarson and Lorne Kellett. She also studied with some of Canada's most prominent jazz educators and performers, including Mike Allen, Ihor Kukurudza, Rejean Marois, and Al Wold.”
That's a pretty impressive resume, and now Tosoff, only 24, takes it another step with this, her debut CD.
There are 10 instrumentals cuts here, nine being originals by the artist. Mark that impressive from such young jazz pianist.
Tosoff does a nice, relaxed job, or letting her fingers wander over the keys in some delightful patterns. At times, such as the cut Julia's Blues, I thought of a butterfly fluttering around a flower patch on a warm day. Yes this is that sort of music, light, enjoyable.
Technically, there are pianists on the jazz scene who push things further, but that isn't what Tosoff is trying for. This is traditional piano jazz by a young artists starting to assert herself. Experimentation may well follow, but this is a CD which builds a foundation on the tried and true formula of jazz piano.
This is a very nice CD, and one that could well be launching a growing Canadian jazz talent. Check her out at www.amandatosoff.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 6, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada