Jonathan Crayford is an acclaimed pianist/composer from New Zealand. He has worked with Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Binney Group, Groove Collective, David Murray, Mambo Macoco, Questlove, Macy Gray written numerous film scores and received multiple awards. His current trio features Ben Street bass, Dan Weiss drums with two releases to date - 'Dark Light' and 'East West Moon'.
Dark Light  
Dark Light
Skyscraper Scaffold
Bikes In Space
Rita Finds The Light
East West Moon  
Yves Noir With The Long Hair Wig
Kurt In Berlin

Review of Dark Light
The title track of jazz pianist Jonathan Crayford's latest album is a stunning meditation in color and tone. It establishes its bearings and then heads into the unknown - the piano probing and searching sometimes pensive at others strident and rambling. The classic rhythm section of Ben Street and Dan Weiss adapting to and adding impetus to the momentum rather than setting it. It's a towering composition on an album that clocks in at a perfect 45 minutes and leaves you gasping at its beauty, richness and assuredness. Crayford has always threatened to record something special to match his obvious talents as a composer. Dark Light is it and is as good a jazz album you're likely to hear this year.
Mike Alexander - Dominion Post

Review of East West Moon
In collaborating with the Stellar rhythm section of bassist Ben Street and drummer Dan Weiss, pianist Jonathan Crayford steers well clear of the mentality of using killing musicians as a proving ground for one’s own musicianship. The playing here is often about restraint rather than rampant virtuosity, and the real stars are the compositions. Crayford composes with all the care of a sculptor delicately chiselling at a slab of marble , so the pieces become fields for very specific forms of improvising that elaborate upon the story inherent in each work. Often these are stories in which some level of disquiet is the dominant mood. The opening Subito, for instance, has a glow of autumnal lyricism about it against which Weiss lays a vague undercurrent of agitation.
John Shand - Jazz Track

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