Damase | Nicholas Unwin | - Norfolk Based Jazz & Classical Pianist.

xxxx This 2002 recording on the Somm Label features:
Introduction & Allegro; Theme & Variations; Sonata; Apparition; Huit Etudes; Sonatine.

A unique voice in contemporary music blending exquisite melodies with sumptuous harmonies and sprightly rhythms. One cannot help but succumb to this beautifully crafted music.

Check out the fantastic recording by Anna Noakes and Gillian Tingay which features Damase's music for flute and harp.


Damase was a stranger to me before listening to this lovely release. I would definitely recommend this to all who love French music from the early 20th century, and especially piano music associated with Poulenc, Debussy, and Ravel." -American Record Guide

Damase's music is eminently likeable for its liveliness, and his melodies are surprisingly catchy on a first hearing. [Unwin} demonstrates that he has the right combination of humor, technical panache, and showmanship to execute Damase's best effects, and the expressiveness and taste to keep the music from flying off into kitsch- All Music Guide

This is a real rarity -a CD which promotes a little-known genre (the piano works of Jean-Michel Damase), but does so simply through the quality of the performance and appeal of the material. No hype here. – Birmingham Post

"Though it might be dismissed by the snootier elements of the music press - the music is resolutely tonal with conservative harmonies, is attractive and immediately enjoyable - for me Damase is the most pleasurable discovery since encountering Kapustin, elements of whose style he shares."
Jeremy Nicholas, BBC Music Magazine, May 2004 awarded 5 stars