Press

‘Kay and her trio confirmed both their understated group virtuosity and command of narrative drive.’ Mike Hobart, Financial Times

‘[Moon Palace] is a highly accomplished debut by a young player with a distinctive personality; her playing is very much respectful of the tradition but the compositions have a sense of playfulness that shows she’s not in thrall to its monumental weight.’ Eddie Myer, Jazz Views

‘rich, balmy, Parker-esque tones… Kay puts a bow on this intriguing debut with a touching solo take on the standard Stardust’ Andy Cowan, Mojo

Bobby Wellins would have heard a kindred spirit in the unhurried gracefulness of Kay’s improvising… the marvellously self-possessed Kay’s sheer musicality, sure tone and beautifully expressed flow of ideas that stood out above all in a literally winning performance.‘ Rob Adams

[S]ublime music that stirs the senses and emotions‘ Glasgow Herald

One to watch‘ Jazzwise

‘Kay produces a beautiful tone on tenor… Her improvisations are superbly well constructed, always keeping the original theme within touching distance, and her use of pauses and space adds both to the overall beguiling effect and the sense of genuine instant composition’  Rob Adams

‘This was indeed a vituoso venture for Helena… Her mellow sound was appealing, too’ John Watson, London Jazz News

‘What shone out so well, alongside Kay’s obvious improvisational prowess and balmy tone/vibrato, was the strength of her compositions. With Charlie Parker named as her hero, and a clear leaning towards Sonny Rollins, there was a restrained feel-good about these performances – yet the picturesque writing held the attention, its richness and interest never waning.’ Adrian Pallant, London Jazz News

Financial Times Review: KIM Trio Album Launch, The Vortex 12/12/18

Jazz Views Review: Moon Palace

CD Review: Moon Palace – Bebop Spoken Here

Manchester Jazz Festival Review July 2018

London Jazz News Review May 2018

Perth Festival 2017 Herald Review

London Jazz Festival 2016 Review

Glasgow Jazz Festival 2016 Herald Review 

Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015 Herald Review

 

 

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