British pianist, composer and bandleader, Gabriel Latchin has made a name for himself as one of the UK’s finest musicians, praised by critics and world renowned musicians alike. Known for his effortlessly swinging feel, deep repertoire and compelling performances, Jazzwise recently described his playing as “impeccable... the clarity of his lines evoking something of Hank Jones or Tommy Flanagan”.
2019 saw the release of The Moon and I, his second album as leader. With over 8 million streams so far, it has been met with critical acclaim worldwide: “this is a masterpiece that shows the true skill of his composition” - Jazz Japan. Featuring a first-call London rhythm section - Dario Di Lecce and Josh Morrison on double bass and drums respectively - the music demonstrates the great strides taken both by Latchin as an individual and the trio as a whole since the release of his 2017 debut record Introducing: “Elegant, tasteful and swinging!” - Renée Fleming.
Recognised as a talented composer, Latchin’s writing is fresh and original, while reflecting his serious study of the jazz piano tradition - Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Art Tatum, Phineas Newborn and Barry Harris are his idols. On The Moon and I, four Latchin pieces are presented alongside new arrangements of standards and classic jazz compositions. Anticipation for the new recording has been high, with pre-orders from Japan before production was even completed.
An in-demand sideman across a range of projects, Latchin was personally invited by Christian McBride to perform with himself and Renée Fleming at Wigmore Hall. The pianist is also the new musical director for Claire Martin and Ray Gelato’s touring show, Let There Be Love.
A regular performer at London’s premier jazz venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club and the 606, Latchin can often be heard with contemporaries Sara Dowling, Atila, Nat Steele’s ‘Portrait of the MJQ’ and The Steve Fishwick Quartet. He has also performed with Salena Jones, Roy Hargrove, Jason Marsalis, Ronnie Cuber and Grant Stewart.
"There are some beauties here, including Poor Butterfly, a true evergreen, composed in 1916. Latchin's tender version is one of the best I can remember... A delight from start to finish"
Dave Gelly, The Observer ★★★★
"The brand new release from pianist Gabriel Latchin called The Moon I, just a thing of beauty from start to finish."
Chris Philips, Jazz FM
‘Pianist Gabriel Latchin makes playing jazz sound easy. That’s “easy” as in “enviably relaxed”. At the same time, or perhaps as a consequence, his keyboard demeanour appears sophisticated, elegant and untroubled, and his treatment of tunes notable for their neat packaging and finish.’
Nigel Jarrett, Jazz Journal
'Latchin's unpretentious piano performance embodies the beauty of modern jazz. Not only is his handling of standards through tempo changes pleasing to the ear, this is a masterpiece that shows the true skill of his composition.'
Jazz Japan July 2019, by Hiroki Sugita.
Label: Alys Jazz