Latest CD Release! "ONE OF US"
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"Borthwick, who authored all the pieces in this self- produced and self-released CD, walks both sides of the street, playing excellent, if not quite distinctive, straightahead piano throughout, while adding her shimmering, wordless soprano lines to selected ensembles along the way. She does this sparingly, sometimes subtlety, and frequently hauntingly, never scatting or soloing but instead embedding and camouflaging herself deep into meticulously orchestrated unison lines in which her voice seems to float on piano, guitar and horn... For a work intended to be personal and perhaps introspective, the music is unusually alive, frisky and free from brooding pensiveness. "
"The HotBox", Downbeat Magazine, May 2010 [More reviews]
"I like the warm spiritual vibe, especially Borthwick's wordless vocals, a la Flora Purim. "
—PAUL de BARROS, HotBox Review - Downbeat Magazine, May 2010
"Borthwick has a lyrical, uncluttered approach to the piano and her undoubted virtuosity never overshadows the melodicism inherent in her compositions, which makes for very attractive solos. As impressive a pianist as Borthwick is, it is the strength and depth of the compositions which provides the lasting impression on this recording... One Of Us is a delightful reminder from Ramona Borthwick and her quintet that jazz this good never goes out of style."
IAN PATTERSON, AAJ [full review]
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