Roy Powell (born in Langham, Rutland) is a British pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer. He has lived and worked for may years in Norway and is best known from his groups InterStatic, Mumpbeak and Naked Truth. As of 2010 Powell has been moving his musical output from acoustic jazz to a more progressive Jazz inspired Rock style being active in the trio InterStatic, featuring Jacob Young and Jarle Vespestad, Naked Truth, the Jazz-Rock / Ambient / Cosmic-Rock Quartet of Powell, Lorenzo Feliciati, Pat Mastelotto and Graham Haynes. On his latest album Mumpbeak with Bill Laswell, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Shanir Blumenkrantz and Lorenzo Feliciati,Powell plays Hohner Clavinet through guitar effect pedals and amps to achieve new sonorities.He first came to wider recognition when his first CD A Big Sky was released in 1994, the Gramophone Jazz Good CD Guide 1997 calling it "extraordinarily accomplished". He has performed and recorded with his own groups in Scandinavia, Germany, France Italy, USA and the UK (including many appearances at London's Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club).
His recordings have appeared in the Gramophone Jazz Good CD Guide, Gramophone Classical Good CD Guide, the Lord Discography, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, as well as jazz magazines in Europe, Japan and the United States. His composition "Bow Out" was adapted with a piece by David Bedford by the American choreographer Val Caniparoli to create the ballet piece "Bow Out", performed by ballet companies in Oakland, Richmond, Cincinnati and Florida.
By Dean Hanley
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