Since being named Rising Star of the British Jazz Awards in 1991 Jonathan Gee has forged a reputation throughout Europe working with his trios, with UK artists such as Bobby Wellins, Cleveland Watkiss, Claire Martin and The Monk Liberation Front, with Europeans such as Mika Myllari ( Northern Star People ) and Danilo Gallo ( Gee Gallo Minetto ), and with visiting Americans such as Joe Lovano , David Murray, Art Farmer, Pharoah Sanders and Mark Murphy. He has appeared on over 40 albums.
Jonathan has over the years developed a reputation as a specialist trio pianist, honed in regular appearances at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Club, and indeed 5 of his 8 albums are in this format..
Mark Corroto in allaboutjazz.com commented
‘…. amazing communication between players…,
…Today, cutting-edge jazz trios require interaction between players and expect both drummer and bassist to be more than just disciples. Trio leaders such as Jason Moran, John Escreet, Matthew Shipp all write and perform their music as a three-way conversation. Add to that list, London-based pianist Jonathan Gee.
The summation of this trio is in Monk's "We See." Gee negotiates the track as if he is taking shorthand—hopping, skipping and jumping as he accelerates across the melody. It's modern, it's Monk, and it's a three-way conversation. ‘