'A Thought' is the debut recording by South African pianist/composer Nishlyn Ramanna. Ramanna’s music draws upon South African and Indian influences, within a setting highly influenced by both American and European jazz. Many of the compositions on ‘A Thought’ were originally performed live with Mosaic, a highly successful South African improvisation group of which Ramanna was a founding member. On this recording Ramanna is joined by British musicians, bringing new interpretations of the material. The presence of top saxophonist Stan Sulzmann brings a new edge to Ramanna’s music, which this recording deserves to bring to wider attention outside of his home country.
Nishlyn Ramanna - Piano | Stan Sulzmann - Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Alto Flute | James Opstad - Fretless Bass | Jon Opstad - Drums, Percussion
Recorded in Bristol, Cambridge & London, UK, March 2004 - April 2005
"A sense of European impressionism imbues the majority of A Thought…[its] understated elegance is a fine introduction to Nishlyn Ramanna." John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com