Louis Durra is one of the most interesting and inquiring musicians in jazz today. The Californian pianist, currently based in Berlin, has developed a highly individual take on what makes good raw material for great jazz. His Mad World and Rocket Science albums have become popular on US college radio for their interpretations of songs by Bob Marley, KT Tunstall, the Beatles, Michael Buble, and Bob Dylan and his latest release, Chromakey, continues the adventure through inspired versions of rap, Radiohead and Gillian Welch’s Orphan Girl, as previously covered by country music sweetheart Emmylou Harris.
In 2011 Durra was awarded a Herald Angel, one of the statuettes presented by the Glasgow-based newspaper The Herald for excellence in performance during the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe each August, and his trio with Scottish rhythm team, bassist Euan Burton and drummer Doug Hough provides the ideal vehicle for subtle investigation of familiar melodies and for the economical grooves that Durra favours. His talents extend beyond interpretation into original compositions that stay with the listener long after the music stops and he communicates with his audience in a direct, sometimes offbeat and often very entertaining way.