David Janeway, Cameron Brown, Billy Hart - Distant Voices (Steeplechase)

Pianist David Janeway releases his third trio recording, Distant Voices, on Steeplechase. This is the first recording for his working trio that features Billy Hart on drums and Cameron Brown, bass. During this time of Covid, Janeway looks back and pays tribute to the many jazz pianists that have inspired and influenced him throughout his career. There are selections by Hank Jones, Walter Bishop Jr. Bill Evans and Ellington as well as tributes written for Ahmad Jamal, Larry Willis, Cedar Walton and Herbie Hancock. This is an exciting and interactive trio that demonstrates a connected symbiosis between the players. Michael Nastos writes in his review, "This is an excellent recording, and the more you listen, the more compelling the music becomes. This could easily be one of the Top Ten Jazz CD's on 2021, and maybe one for the ages."

Janeway was born in Rochester, New York. He began studying classical piano at the age of five after moving to Detroit in 1960. Growing up in Detroit in the 60s and 70s, he became immersed in the rich tradition of R&B and Jazz, which afforded him the opportunity to work with such iconic artists, the Supremes, Marcus Belgrave, Wendall Harrison, Roy Brooks and many others before moving to NYC in 1978. After moving to New York City in 1978, Janeway studied with the late Albert Dailey for two years.
Active on the NYC scene since then, he has performed at Zanzibar, Visiones, Sonny's, Village Gate for the Salsa Meets Jazz series, J's, Sweet Basil, Sweet Rhythm, Cleopatra's Needle, Birdland, Jazz Forum, and other NYC clubs. Janeway performed at the NYC Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden in 1980, the Detroit Jazz Festival along with other festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe.

He has played and/or recorded with Valery Ponomarev, Tom Harrell, Art Farmer, Sonny Fortune, Harvie S, Eddie Henderson, Benny Golson, David "Fathead" Newman, Bobby Sanabria, Angel Canales and Sabor, Jr. Cook, Michal Urbaniak and many others. Janeway has previously collaborated with Billy Hart and Sonny Fortune as a leader on his album, Inside Out, released on Timeless in 1993.
"Janeway is not afraid to experiment in the moment and has a range of technique that allows him to test the waters fearlessly…he is constantly evolving, and I have never heard one player have so many different ways of texturizing."
-Monique Avakian, The Patch

"A skilled composer and pianist capable of creating music that is imaginative, sensitive and often exciting." --David Franklin-Cadence

"David Janeway is an extraordinary pianist with great facility and wealth of ideas. He exhibits maturity and depth in his playing."
-Eddie Henderson

"David Janeway is a sensitive yet swinging pianist…he is also a creative composer of many challenging original songs".
-Sid Gribetz
David Janeway - piano, Fender Rhodes
Cameron Brown - bass
Billy Hart - drums
1 SWEET AND LOVELY (Gus Amheim) 5:12
2 MINOR CONTENTION (Hank Jones) 5:16
3 BLUE SERGE (Mercer Ellington) 4:58
4 MOONTRANE (Woody Shaw) 4:20
5 GARDENIA (Gary Peacock) 6:21
6 ONE FOR CEDAR (David Janeway) 5:07
7 BRIGITTE (Freddie Hubbard) 4:59
8 WALTZ FOR ZWEETIE (Walter Bishop Jr.) 6:31
9 EXCURSION (David Janeway) 5:01
10 ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL (Arthur Altman) 6:37
11 IN PASSING (David Janeway) 3:14
12 NEFERTITI (Wayne Shorter) 6:53
13 MOVIN' ON (David Janeway) 5:42
Artist: David Janeway
CD Title: Distant Voices Label: Steeplechase Lookout
Add Date: November 1, 2021
Street Date: October 15, 2021
Available at: Amazon,, Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music.

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